As we prepare to host the 2022 Women’s Irish Open this September, we go behind the scenes with Eamonn O’Donnell, Director of Golf at Dromoland Castle.
“Our plan to bring the Women’s Irish Open to Dromoland Castle began 3 years ago. Eager to bring another international event to the Castle, we first spoke about the opportunity of relaunching the Women’s Irish Open, which hadn’t been staged for 10 years. Our golf course, facilities and resort access made us the perfect venue, and we spoke first to the Ladies European Tour, followed by Golf Ireland and Sports Ireland.
Our golf course is currently undergoing Phase 1 of a €2 million investment which will be ready for the Women’s Irish Open. It will see the redesign and renovation of all bunkers as well as the upgrade of a number of tee boxes to catch the new vistas that have recently been opened up around the lake. We will also see the upgrade of our 18th hole, which is set to become an incredible finishing hole with maximum drama, as players can make anything from a 3 to a 7.
True sustainability is integral to our vision for the Women’s Irish Open. At Dromoland Castle we are in the process of working towards becoming GEO certified, will be operating a ticketless event and all volunteers will wear uniforms made from recycled material. We are also updating all machinery on the course to be more eco-efficient.
Behind the scenes we’re busy working with Clare County Council and other partners to put on the best possible show. Golf will be the main event, but guests can enjoy plenty more activities. Alongside a tented village promoting the Clare region we will have a kids’ zone and all-day entertainment.
Corporate hospitality options are available and we are working with the Ladies European Tour on special player engagement with the public. More exciting announcements will be made in the lead up to this world-class celebration of Clare and women’s golf.
Tickets will go on sale mid-June, and we are expecting in excess of 40k spectators.”