The Ryder Cup venue was recognised at the 22nd Gala Irish Golf Awards

The Irish golf industry gathered on Monday evening to celebrate excellence in golf tourism at the National Gala Golf Awards, as Adare Manor was awarded ‘IGTOA Parkland Golf Course of the Year’.

The 22nd edition of the awards recognised the future Ryder Cup venue’s consistently high standards and quality of the course. Following the extensive redevelopment, which was completed in 2018, the parkland course is quickly developing its reputation as being one of the best resorts in the world. Industry figureheads and top players alike, are rich in praise for the Tom Fazio design, in particular, its pristine conditioning.

The IGTOA (Ireland Golf Tour Operator Association) represents Ireland’s leading Golf Tour Operators as well as the many companies that form the wider Irish Golf Tourism Industry. The 22nd Gala Irish Golf Awards fell on a banner year for Irish golf, in which The Open returned to the island of Ireland for the first time in almost 70 years, with a fairy-tale ending as national hero, Shane Lowry, became Champion Golfer of the Year.

Irish golf then enjoyed another spell in the spotlight after Adare Manor was named the 2026 Ryder Cup host venue, meaning the 5-star resort will continue to play a significant role in promoting Irish golf tourism to an international audience.

Following the win, Adare Manor CEO, Colm Hannon, commented: “2019 continues to be an incredible year for us at Adare Manor and for Irish golf in general. The IGTOA Irish Golf Awards are a highlight of the Irish golf tourism calendar, and we are thrilled to be recognised as ‘Parkland Golf Course of the Year’ by experts in the industry.

“Our Golf Course Superintendent, Alan MacDonnell, and his team continue to maintain high standards of conditioning on the course; combining the quality of course conditioning with first-class service to all our guests in order to offer a complete golf experience which will leave them with long lasting memories and a desire to return again.”

The IGTOA embodies Ireland’s leading Golf Tour Operators, Golf Courses, Golf Resorts, Accommodation Providers, Transportation Providers and companies who offer supporting services to the Irish golf tourism sector.

For more information on IGTOA’s and the Gala Irish Golf Awards visit

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