While in no way wishing to downplay the beauty of these great links courses, many people actually prefer inland golf. One of the best examples of an inland course can be found at Slieve Russell.
Slieve Russell is an exceptional golf resort close to Ballyconnell, County Cavan in Ireland.
It is set in a beautiful 300 acre estate with large lakes and gently rolling parkland presented in pristine condition.
On the course, the rolling parkland course is in immaculate order, with care and attention taken with every playing surface. A huge lake dominates several holes, but the design provides plenty of alternatives for those unwilling to take on a long carry over water.
The complex was chosen to host the Irish PGA Championships in 1996 and European Tour brought the North-West of Ireland Open Championships to the venue in 2001 and again the following year. Each year it hosts one of the best attended pro-ams in Europe with a very generous prize fund and and lots of celebrity involvement.
There is a very well-stocked golf shop and golf reception area and head PGA professional Gordon Smyth heads up the Slieve Russell Academy.
The practice facilities are excellent with a well appointed golf range just a short walk from the clubhouse and providing the perfect opportunity to warm up, practise around or work on your game in general.
Gordon and his team run a selection of coaching packages, both individually and in groups for visitors and those residents nearby. There is an excellent junior programme and the ladies’ clinics are extremely well attended. As well as the superb golf range, which boasts excellent covered bays, outside mats and a grass teeing area, there are some superb short game facilities and putting greens. All of these practice areas are cut to the same exacting standards that can be enjoyed on the course.
There is hardly a blade of grass out of place on the whole complex and much care and attention has been taken of the areas around the hotel with beautiful planting, shrubberies and flower beds.
The hotel is beautifully appointed and caters for an enormous number of functions from across Ireland and is a focal point for the local community.
The functions are split into two main types: conferences (mainly during the week) and weddings (mainly at the weekends). Any size of events is welcome from two people to well over 1000. The Cranaghan Suite is perfect for any large event. It can be split into two main rooms and has all the very latest audio visual equipment with plasma screens in the pre-function area exclusive to the Slieve Russell Hotel. This allows a presentation to be simultaneously broadcast in high definition to other areas of the conference and reception rooms. As you would expect in a modern hotel, there is free Wi-Fi throughout the complex and it works very well too.
When it comes to weddings, few venues can give a more comprehensive service then Slieve Russell. You can conduct your wedding ceremony or civil partnership on-site and all guests can stay before and after and with delicious food and drink, it is hard to beat the meticulous attention to detail offered for your special day.
So that all of the planning can go without a hitch, the hotel offers the 'Moposa' online wedding service. This allows brides and grooms, guests and families to benefit from all the special touches which are so important to making the day perfect.
There are five different levels of room at the hotel with classic, deluxe and superior rooms all of which are a delight to stay in. These are topped by the junior and executive suites which take luxury to a new level.
Besides the golf, it was a major leisure suite, including a 20 metre pool, one therapeutic pool with massage seats, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. There is a range of the latest fitness machines for those that wish to torture themselves with the physical exercise and for those preferring outdoor exercise there is a beautiful 2 mile track around the course and grounds which can be used for brisk walking or running. Two perfectly presented tennis courts complete the leisure offerings at Slieve Russell.
For those looking for more relaxation and pampering there is the Ciúin Spa, complete with its own hydrotherapy suite and all the latest treatments it offers the perfect place to relax.
There are three main dining areas on site, including Kells Bar, the Summit Restaurant with staggering views across the golf course and the Setanta Restaurant with full à la carte European cuisine. All provide fabulous fare complete with an array of delicious wines to ensure you do not go hungry or thirsty on your visit.
Slieve Russell is a fabulous four star rated complex offering so much to so many different types of people. Best of all, the service is five-star. For any readers interested in visiting, you may wish to take advantage of the offer below. Make sure to remember the promotional code when booking. For more details please visit the website: www.slieverussell.ie
Sun – Thursday
Until 31st October 2017
2 B&B +2 rounds of golf
€190.00 per person sharing
Rate Code: EGT22