Ryder Cup course at K Club tops Irish parkland poll

The K Club’s Ryder Cup course has been voted the country’s top parkland course for 2014 by readers of Golfing Weekly. Its sister course at the Straffan estate, the Smurfit Course, came in at No 15.

Ryder Cup course at K Club tops Irish parkland poll

The vote was the most comprehensive golf course ranking ever compiled in Ireland as 4,165 golfers cast 96,125 online votes.

Golfing Weekly pointed out the vote was transparent, with votes coming from golfers rather than experts.

Said magazine editor, Peter Finan: “Fingers cannot be pointed at a small coterie of experts, whether they be professional golfers, writers, top amateurs, golf course designers or tourism boffins. Nor can there be accusations that there was a concerted internet campaign to skew the results one way or another through mass voting.” He went on to say that the list is a compilation of opinions from ordinary golfers around Ireland. “We only allowed one vote per IP address and of the 96,125 ranking votes cast, 98.7% of the 4,165 readers played every course they ranked.”

There are positive nods for Adare Manor, Killarney’s Killeen course, Cork Golf Club and Fota Island, all featuring in the top 20.

K Club chief executive, Michael Davern, said: “We are very pleased the Smurfit Course has also featured in the ranking. We have great support from our owner, Dr Michael Smurfit and our members and we’d like to thank them and everyone who took the time to vote for us.”

1. K Club (Palmer Course), 2. Mount Juliet, 3. Adare Manor, 4. Druids Glen, 5. Lough Erne, 6. Killeen Castle, 7. The Heritage, 8. Killarney (Killeen Course), 9. Carton House (O’Meara), 10. Slieve Russell, 11. Cork GC, 12. Dun Laoighre, 13. Carlow, 14. Headfort (New Course), 15. K Club (Smurfit Course), 16. Carton House (Montgomerie Course), 17. Concra Wood, 18. Hermitage, 19. Palmerstown Stud, 20. Fota Island, 21. Galgorm Castle, 22. Castle, 23. Powerscourt (West Course), 24. Mount Wolseley, 25. Woodenbridge, 26 Luttrellstown Castle, 27. Bunclody, 28. Naas, 29. Malone, 30. Dromoland Castle, 31. Tullamore, 32. Mullingar, 33. Woodbrook, 34. Knightsbrook (Trim), 35. Esker Hills, 36. Grange, 37. Tulfarris, 38. Glasson, 39. Portumna, 40. Castlemartyr, 41. Rathsallagh, 42. Westport, 43. New Forest, 44. Dunmurry Springs, 45. Ballinrobe, 46. Bantry Bay, 47. Faithlegg, 48. Castleknock, 49. Beech Park, 50. Glen Of The Downs.

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