THE Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in Newcastle, County Down, has been named as the Official Host Hotel for the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation.
The popular hotel, set against the stunning backdrop of the Mourne Mountains, will welcome world renowned golfers such as Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Rickie Fowler, Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia all of whom will be competing in the eagerly anticipated event at neighbouring Royal County Down, widely regarded as one of the best golf courses in the world.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be the host hotel for this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open as it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Stephen Meldrum, General Manager of the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa.
“We have the world’s number one golfer in Rory McIlroy, one of the world’s best golf courses in Royal County Down, and now, we like to think, one of the world’s best hotels too!,” he added.
“We really are delighted to be associated with the event and excited that, come the end of May, the eyes of the world will be focussing on the beautiful sea side town of Newcastle.
“As well as welcoming golfers, the hotel will also play host to dignitaries, officials and sponsors from around the world and we have no doubt that the atmosphere at the hotel as well as around Newcastle will be absolutely electric.
“For spectators, there will be nothing better after a nail biting day on the greens than to come to the Slieve Donard to relax, unwind and enjoy some delicious food as well as a warm welcome from the locals. Visitors c