Needless to say, everyone at Your Golf Travel was made up at the news of Darren Clarke being announced as 2016 Ryder Cup Captain, and it seems our friends at Tourism Ireland are pretty excited too!
Alongside current world number one, Rory McIlroy, Darren is one of Tourism Ireland’s golf ambassadors and on Wednesday (18/2/15), he was named as Captain of Team Europe for the 2016 Ryder Cup, to be held at Hazeltine National GC.
Considering Darren’s popularity within the game on a global scale, along with his new high-profile role that will see the golfing spotlight fixed on him over the next couple of years, it’s hardly surprising that Tourism Ireland are excited about the potential impact Darren could have on Irish golf.
Ireland has long been a world class golf holiday destination, and it’s believed that Darren’s appointment will simply highlight that very fact.
CEO of Tourism Ireland, Niall Gibbons said: “Congratulations to Darren Clarke on being named Europe’s new Ryder Cup captain. This is wonderful news indeed – with Darren following in the footsteps of one of our other great golf ambassadors, Paul McGinley.
“This honour reminds golfers everywhere that the island of Ireland truly is the ‘Home of Champions’ – presenting Tourism Ireland with an invaluable opportunity to highlight the island of Ireland as a world-class golf destination to prospective golf holidaymakers around the world. We wish Darren every success as Europe’s new Ryder Cup captain.”
Latest figures show that golf tourism in Ireland is having an increasingly extensive economic impact on the country and when you consider the great wealth of world class golf courses on the island, not to mention everything else that comes with an Irish Golf Tour that doesn’t exactly come as a surprise.
Resorts such as Druids Glen, Carton House and The K Club attract golfers towards the vibrant Irish Capital of Dublin, while the entire West coast is a golfing dot-to-dot, connected by the Wild Atlantic Way and replete with stunning links courses from Ballyliffin in the extreme North, to the incredible Old Head on the South coast.
And that’s not to mention the courses from Darren’s homeland in Northern Ireland.
A Day with Darren at Royal Portrush
Darren’s home club is the magnificent Royal Portrush, which has recently been announced as a future Open Championship host, and with the likes of Portstewart and Castlerock just a stone’s throw away, and Royal County Down within driving distance, this part of the country is ideally suited to a golf tour too.
Royal County Down in fact will be at the heart of Tourism Ireland’s promotional work in 2015.
Ireland’s top ranked course will host this year’s Irish Open in May, and if the big names in world golf who have committed to play in the event in recent weeks are anything to go by, not to mention the unrivalled success of the event last time it was hosted in this part of the world (the 2012 Irish Open at royal Portrush smashed European Tour attendance records), the event should be an absolute corker.
Royal County Down is one of the highest ranking golf courses in the world and one of the most spectacular imaginable; an ideal Irish Open host!
2015 will mark the first time in 75 years that the Irish Open has visited Royal County Down, and the tournament is all set to attract plenty of attention from all four corners of the globe.
Rory McIlroy’s official charitable foundation will act as the tournament’s official host and, proving he’s as popular inside the ropes as he is out of them, the world number one has convinced a host of golf’s biggest names to commit to the tournament.
The likes of Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els have all answered Rory’s call and alongside former US Open champion Graeme McDowell, as well as Your Golf Travel Ambassadors Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke, they will make up what is shaping up to be a seriously exciting field.
As we’ve previously stated, Ireland is heaven sent for the travelling golfer and we, like Tourism Ireland, are excited to see how Darren’s well deserved role as Ryder Cup Captain for 2016 impacts the numbers of golfers visiting in the coming couple of years.