Kilkenny resort set to host 2020 Irish Open
By COLIN BARTLEY
MOUNT Juliet looks set to host the 2020 Irish Open in golf.
The Thomastown hotel and golf resort hosted the championship for three years in a row between 1993 -1995, and it looks destined to return for 2020.
No venue is confirmed for the €7 million Irish Open in 2020, as a date for the tournament has to be decided.
Next year’s golfing calendar needs adjustment to accommodate the Olympic Games. It’s believed the Irish Open will take place in September because of this.
Mount Juliet emerged as the favourite, when members of the European Tour and executives of the sponsors of the Irish Open, Dubai Duty-Free, visited the Thomastown course the day after the Irish Open concluded.
Irish golf is on a high following Shane Lowry’s victory at the British Open two weeks ago, and last week’s announcement of Adare Manor as the 2026 Ryder Cup host.
The tournament would provide a huge economic boost to the local area. It’s estimated, €7 million was spent in Lahinch during this year’s Irish Open, while the worldwide TV coverage will have long-term benefits for the local economy.