Following on from Shane Lowry’s win at The Open at the Royal Portrush Golf Course, a group of US golf media have decided to extend their stay in Ireland to play at some of Ireland’s championship courses and also explore Donegal, Sligo and Monaghan.

The group has a combined audience of over 10m which provides a hugely valuable opportunity to keep Ireland at the forefront of golfing destinations globally.

Organised by Fáilte Ireland, in conjunction with Tourism Ireland, the group will visit some of the best golf courses in the North West and hidden gems along the Wild Atlantic Way. They will visit Cruit Island Golf Club, Donegal Golf Club, Narin and Portnoo Golf Links, the County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point, and Concrawood Golf and Country Club, Monaghan.

The group includes writers and broadcasters from Yahoo Sports, CBS Radio Washington DC, WPPB Radio New York,, Golf Vacations Magazine, and Links Magazine.

Rory Mathews, International Publicity Executive for Fáilte Ireland, said: “With more than 400 golf courses throughout Ireland golf plays a significant part in Irish tourism. We provide world class courses, great value for money and fantastic holiday experiences to our international visitors. Ireland is famous for having a third of the world’s links courses and our parkland courses have hosted some of the biggest golfing events on the planet, such as the Ryder Cup in 2006.”

“We believe that golf can deliver increasing numbers of tourists into Ireland and we will ensure this happens by concentrating on developing relationships with key golf media.”

Annually more than 200,000 overseas visitors play golf in Ireland, which contributes almost €270m to the Irish economy and accounts for over 1.7m bed nights.

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