THE internationally renowned Mount Juliet Estate is one of Ireland’s most iconic golf resorts. Situated near Thomastown in the heart of glorious County Kilkenny, it became the first European Tour Destination in Ireland last October, joining one of golf’s most exclusive global networks.
250 year history
Steeped in history, the 250 year old Manor House at Mount Juliet is an architectural treasure, enjoying spectacular panoramic views over the River Nore and Ballylinch Stud. Only 20 minutes from Kilkenny City, Mount Juliet boasts an extensive range of world class amenities and facilities, including Ireland’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, a state of the art international equestrian centre catering for riders of all ages and experience, the Michelin-starred Lady Helen Restaurant, coarse fishing, extensive walking, jogging and cycling trails, a well-equipped gym plus a relaxing spa and leisure centre with a 17-metre pool.
The course hosted the first of three consecutive Irish Opens from 1993, boasting an illustrious roll of winners in Sir Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and Sam Torrance, respectively. In 2002 it hosted the WGC-American Express Championship when Tiger Woods dominated the world-class field to claim victory, and again in 2004 when Ernie Els emerged victorious.
European Tour Property
On announcing the venue’s inclusion in the European Tour Properties’ portfolio, Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “The calibre of champions who have won at Mount Juliet underlines the quality of this magnificent venue. The European Tour’s relationship with Mount Juliet stretches back more than two decades and we are proud of its inclusion within The European Tour Properties network.”
David MacLaren, The European Tour’s Director of Property and Venue Development, added: “Mount Juliet is consistently recognised as one of Ireland’s finest parkland courses and fits perfectly within our portfolio of world class venues.”
Michael McElligott, Principal and Managing Director of Mount Juliet, said: “We are delighted to be part of a fraternity of truly world class golf resorts, thereby strengthening our growing relationship with The European Tour. Our membership endorses Mount Juliet’s position with The European Tour’s stamp of a tournament-quality golf venue that presents a level of on and off-course facilities guaranteed to provide a memorable experience for our Club members and all visiting golfers.”
15th century estate
The magnificent 1,500 acre estate, which dates back to the 15th century is currently undergoing a €12 million redevelopment. The existing 31 individually-designed bedrooms, many of which enjoy scenic views over the River Nore and the paddocks of the famous Ballylinch Stud, will soon be increased by 60 additional bedrooms in the Hunters Yard area.
Plans also include the construction of a new golf clubhouse, members bar and changing rooms. Kendals Restaurant will also be redeveloped, creating a new banqueting hall with a capacity of up to 220 diners, with all the work expected to be completed next month. The Nicklaus course celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and with significant investment in new Toro® equipment, expertise and support, has undergone considerable attention.
The course is presented in consistent tournament condition and the investment ensures that it will maintain its position as one of the leading parkland courses in Ireland. Mount Juliet exudes elegance and excellence. Everything about the House, the historic Estate, the personal service and the golf course is world class. It manages to combine all its numerous attributes to create a friendly, relaxed atmosphere in such tranquil, peaceful, luxurious surroundings.
Mount Juliet is not only one of the game’s great golf courses it is a venue that has something for everyone to enjoy. For more information go to:
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