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Tourist board celebrates 'memorable year' for golf in Ireland

Tourist board celebrates 'memorable year' for golf in Ireland
9 Oct 2012

Golf enthusiasts have been encouraged to consider Ireland for their next holiday following what the local tourist board described as a 'memorable year' in terms of Irish involvement in the sport.

County Down-born golfer Rory McIlroy is currently sitting at the top of the world rankings following his victory at this year's PGA Championship.

Several courses in the region have enjoyed a boost in profile following the release of Golf Monthly's latest list of the top 100 courses in the UK and Ireland.

Royal County Down took second place in the ranking, ahead of Open Championship venues such as St Andrews, Turnberry, Royal Birkdale, Royal Lytham and Carnoustie.

The Dunluce course in Royal Portrush featured in 12th position, in between Waterville and Ballyunion Old.

David Boyce, Tourism Ireland's head of business and sports tourism, said the list is 'another glowing endorsement' in what has been a 'memorable year' for golf in the region.

'Not only do we have some of the finest venues anywhere in the world but the courses and welcome that golfers will receive is second to none, making it the perfect golfing destination,' he added.

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