One of Galway’s top 18-hole PGA Championship golf courses – with a state-of-the-art golf academy - is soon to re-open to the public after an expert redesign by legendary World Cup and Ryder Cup golfer Christy O’Connor Jnr.
The Galway Bay Golf Resort, in Renville, Oranmore, is currently taking a limited number of annual memberships for 2010 along with golf and society bookings. A unique festival of golf is also planned to coincide with the full reopening of the course next spring.
The Par 72 PGA Championship course – formerly the Galway Bay Golf and Country Club – is bordered on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean. The redesigned resort now boasts features to suit every golfer - water hazards, concealed bunkers, and the highly-acclaimed putting surfaces.
Special introductory rates are now available ahead of its reopening to the public next April. There are currently 100 memberships available for €36.54 per week (€1,900 per annum ); and a society’s offer of €45 per player, plus second round free.
To celebrate the redevelopment a festival of golf will take place for the first 12 days of May, with competitions each day and a rate of €25 per day for those who book online. There are also open weeks from June 14 to 20 and July 12 to 18 with the same online offer.
Golf Academy membership is also available for €299 for 2010, plus discounted green fees, where members can avail of practice facilities at the course.
“I have redesigned this Par 72 PGA Championship Golf Course using all the challenges of the natural line of the Galway coast and the limitations imposed by the Atlantic Ocean,” says Christy O’Connor Jnr. “The natural water hazard is the Atlantic Ocean. This stunning course is of championship standard, but in my opinion a fair test of golf. I wish to extend a warm welcome to all who play and enjoy the use of this special resort.”