Mount Juliet tops Irish golf course rankings
Kilkenny’s Mount Juliet golf course has been again voted Ireland's top parkland course by a panel of 55 experienced golfers in Backspin magazine's third biennial Irish golf course rankings poll.
The Jack Nicklaus-designed course retains top spot for a third time in the parkland category, pipping The K Club (second place) and Adare (third place) to the post.
The voting panel consists of a number of Irish professionals, amateurs, and members of the golfing media. Voters were asked to nominate, in order of preference, the 15 courses that impress and delight them most. Special emphasis was placed on design, presentation, setting, challenge and the personal enjoyment factor.
Mount Juliet attracted 17 first preference and 13 second preference votes on this occasion. The course hosted the Irish Open from 1993 to 1995, the Shell Wonderful World of Golf in 1998, and the WGC AmEx Championship in 2002 and 2004.
Course designer Jack Nicklaus said he was delighted to hear the news.
“We are honoured that Mount Juliet was named the top parkland golf course in Ireland for a third straight time,” he said.
“We appreciate the editors of Backspin, as well as those who made up the voting panel, for recognising the late Tim Mahony's contribution to golf and tourism in Ireland. Tim was a wonderful man who worked tirelessly to do things the right way. I am delighted that in Tim's honour and as a tribute to him Mount Juliet has received this recognition again.”
Voting panellists are provided with a complete directory of links and parkland courses in the 32 counties. The two lists are set-out in alphabetical order on a county-by-county basis for easy reference.
The Dunluce course at Royal Portrush won the links course category.