Since its inception the annual release of the “Golf Digest Volvo Top 100 Ranked Golf Courses in Ireland” has become the industry standard for Irish golf courses. Golf Digest Ireland each year select a Senior Panel of Irish Golf industry experts who come to the process with combined knowledge, playing experience and industry expertise. Golf Digest Ireland have a Readers Panel who are a strong representation of Irish golfers who spend months visiting and rating hundreds of Irish golf courses to produce their Readers Panel rankings, which contributes and ultimately acts as a very important indicator of the required feedback of Irish golf courses today.
Golf Digest Ireland have developed and refined the rankings process in recent years to be a very detailed and forensic undertaking.
The thorough nature of the rankings process can be gleaned from the fact that at the beginning of each year Golf Digest Ireland write to every Irish golf club across the island of Ireland, with an 18-hole course and ask if any upgrade work has been undertaken over the previous 12 months or if they felt their previous position in the previous Golf Digest Volvo rankings was not justified.
Golf Digest Ireland then collates all of the replies into a list, combined with the “Golf Digest Volvo Top 100 Ranked Golf Courses in Ireland” from the previous year. Also included are the leading 30 Irish golf clubs, which did not make the previous year’s rankings so that they can be scheduled for detailed consideration and review.
Pádraig O’hUiginn, the former Secretary-General of the Department of An Taoiseach from 1982-1993, Chairman of Fáilte Ireland and the man who played an important part in securing the 2006 Ryder Cup for Ireland has continued in the role as Chairman of the Senior Panel for the “2016 Golf Digest Volvo Top 10 Ranked Golf Courses in Ireland”.
Voting Senior Panelists this year were Linton Walsh, Editor of Golf Digest Ireland, Christy O’Connor Jnr – Irish golfing legend, Ryder Cup player and golf course designer, John Kelly – St. Margaret’s GC PGA Professional and Director of Golf; Phil Collins – Galgorm Castle GC, PGA Professional; Alan McDonnell – Head Greenkeeper at Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort; Mark Magowan – PGA Professional and former professional Tour Caddie, David O’Donovan – Secretary Manager, County Sligo Golf Club, Veronica MacGreevy – Irish Amateur Golfer and Member of Royal County Down Golf Club, Lynn McCool – Former Ladies European Tour player, PGA Professional, Lough Erne Resort. Kyra Donworth – Golf Tour Operator and International Amateur player, Sean Coyne – Irish Amateur International player and Director at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club and Rory Fitzgerald – Irish amateur golfer and Golf Digest Readers Panel Representative.
This year over 2,427 golfers applied to the Golf Digest Readers’ Panel and Golf Digest Ireland selected 80 GUI and ILGU registered golfers of all handicaps and from across the island of Ireland to join the Golf Digest Ireland Readers Panel and submit their findings.
The selected 80 Readers Panel participants attended a 2016 Golf Digest Ireland Readers Panel briefing earlier this year in March where they were trained in the process ahead. The 2016 Readers Panel then went on to visit, play and assess multiple Irish golf courses.
The Readers Panel generated over 1,496 reports and Readers Panel ranking scores on Irish golf clubs across the country, which accounted for 25% per cent of the final vote. The 2016 Readers Panel findings, reports and scores were analysed and discussed in detail providing valuable insight from the first-hand experience of Irish male and female golfers from all over the country.
Golf Digest Ireland thanks everyone who took part in the “Golf Digest Volvo Top 100 Ranked Golf Courses in Ireland 2016” rankings from the Senior Panel to the Readers Panel and all the Irish golf courses, who extended their hospitality to Golf Digest Ireland to visit and play their golf courses.
2016 GOLF DIGEST VOLVO TOP 100 RANKED GOLF COURSES IN IRELAND
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Gowran Park Golf Club
CastleKnock Golf Club
Dunfanaghy Golf Club
Athlone Golf Club
Dundrum House Golf Club
Kilkeel Golf Club
Hilton Templepatrick Golf Club
Roe Park Resort
Naas Golf Club
Newlands Golf Club
Lee Valley Golf Club
Ring of Kerry Golf Club
Limerick Golf Club
Roganstown Golf & Country Club
Royal Curragh Golf Club
Kirkstown Castle Golf Club
Corballis Golf Club
Skellig Bay Golf Club
Bantry Bay Golf Club
Royal Tara Golf Club
Glen Of the Downs Golf Club
Dunmurry Springs Golf Club
Lucan Golf Club
Birr Golf Club