Carne Golf Links stages to the 111th Irish PGA Championship this week.
The stunning Erris gold golf course hosts the event from August 5 to 7. It will be preceded by a Pro-Am taking place on the course tomorrow.
The 54-hole tournament is back on the calendar after Covid-19 forced its postponement last year. Many of Ireland’s top PGA professionals will be battling out for a share of the €40,000 prize fund.
“The Irish PGA Championship, a constant on the Irish sports calendar for over a century, has been disrupted on just two previous occasions – for the first world war, and last year with the pandemic,” said Conor Dillon, PGA in Ireland Regional Manager.
“So this years’ staging at Carne has added significance for everyone. We’re looking forward to staging a safe and secure tournament at one of Ireland’s leading links venues. Our thanks to everyone at Carne for opening the doors to us and to the sponsors for supporting the event,” he added.
The event will mark the official opening of the Wild Atlantic Dunes course at Carne Golf Links.
The original 18-hole course that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean on Ireland’s west coast in County Mayo was the last to be designed by the celebrated architect Eddie Hackett and was completed in 1995.
An additional nine holes, known as the Kilmore, which was opened in 2013, plus the back nine of the Hackett course form the Wild Atlantic Dunes – the stage for a tournament that was first contested in 1907.
Chairman of Carne Golf Links, Gerry Maguire said they are overjoyed to be hosting the competition. “On behalf of the Board of TurasoireachtIorrais Teo (Carne Golf Links) we are delighted to be hosting the Irish PGA Championship 2021 on our magnificent new Wild Atlantic Dunes course at Carne.
“I would like to welcome all the visiting Pros, their families and friends, to Carne, for what I know will be a great test of golf in dramatic and spectacular surroundings.”