Shane Lowry, Séamus Power and Pádraig Harrington are the big attractions at the Horizon Irish Open at Mount Juliet Estate this week.
After only limited crowds were allowed at the seaside resort of Co Kilkenny last year, when Australian Lucas Herbert won with a score of 19 under par, huge crowds are expected in Thomastown with tickets to the weekend already sold out.
The Jack Nicklaus-designed course remains a major test and hosted the Irish Open from 1993 to 1995, when Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and Sam Torrance won the trophy, and two American Express Golf World Championships, which have were won by Tiger Woods and Ernie Els. in 2002 and 2004, it promises to be another memorable week
With Lowry and Harrington still popular and Power returning for the first time since 2019 after climbing from outside the top 400 to 36th in the world, there will be high hopes of seeing the first home winner since Lowry did. as an amateur at Baltray in 2009. .
Ryder Cup stars Tyrrell Hatton, Thomas Pieters and Thorbjorn Olesen are also at the start as players not yet qualified will fight for three places at the 150th Open at St Andrews next month.
Tickets went like hot cakes with subscriptions and tickets for Saturday and Sunday already sold out.
However, there are still tickets available for the Wednesday Pro-Am as well as Thursday and Friday.
General admission tickets cost €25 on Thursdays and €40 on Fridays while Premium Hospitality tickets – the Green on 18 – are available for the first round at €399.
All ticket information can be found on the Horizon Irish Open hub on the DP World Tour website or at et.golf/IrishOpenTickets2022.
Juniors are free
Free tickets for children under 12 are available with the purchase of an adult ticket. Junior tickets must be redeemed at time of initial purchase and cannot be issued in advance or at the door once a day is sold out. To add Junior tickets to an existing order, email [email protected]
All ticket holders can use the free park and ride service, which will drop you off at the entrance to the Irish Open. Please follow your sat nav until you take the AA event signage, which will direct you to the public Park & Ride lot. The relay car park will open from 07:00 on Wednesday for the Pro-Am and at 06:45 for tournament days. There will be no access to the Mount Juliet Estate for spectator vehicles except those with valid parking tags. Accessible parking options are also available for disabled badge holders by emailing [email protected]
Drop-off and collection of taxis will only be done at the public park-and-ride facility. There is absolutely no taxi depot at Mount Juliet Estate for general admission ticket holders.
There will be a free public bus service for residents of Thomastown and Stoneyford, which will drop you off at Mount Juliet. A ‘highway’ bus service will also operate next to Kilkenny Castle. See www.expressway.ie/journey-search for timetables.
Wednesday’s Pro-Am features a host of sports stars and personalities. LPGA Tour star Leona Maguire, former Irish international football stars Robbie Keane, John O’Shea and Stephen Hunt, snooker legend Ken Doherty and former Kerry footballer Tomás Ó Sé will play the game with the DP stars World Tour. Actor James Nesbitt, TV personality and entrepreneur Spencer Matthews, rugby star Rob Kearney, Olympian Greg O’Shea, former Galway bowler Joe Canning and three-time Derby-winning jockey Johnny Murtagh are just some of the well-known names taking part.
A week of fun for the whole family is promised with British rock band Toploader, best known for their hit ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’, taking the stage on Wednesday while Limerick band Hermitage Green kick off the weekend with a performance on Saturday. On Sunday, 17-year-old singer from Cork, Allie Sherlock, will take to the main stage. All acts will begin as soon as the final putt falls each night.
The Championship Village
The Championship Village is located near the 10th tee and 16th green and where everything happens off the golf course and where you will find plenty of seating to relax. There will be some big screens showing the action, so there’s no need to miss the golf.
The Spectator Village is a hive of activity with plenty of sporting activities in the interactive Horizon Zone to keep the whole family entertained.
There will be a 20m long ‘Make A Wish Challenge’ putt where you can try to holeshot and support a fantastic charity in the process.
You can also try the golf simulator 1st tee shot trying to hit the fairway at the 1st hole of Mount Juliet.
There will also be a Dubai Duty Free tennis simulator using the latest Batfast technology.
There are various exhibits in the Championship Village including BMW cars, Fáilte Ireland and Andalucia Golf
There is also an official merchandise store and a Decathlon outlet promoting their online next day delivery store.
Those who want to try their hand at foam archery or table tennis can do so in the Championship Village, with a chance to win gift cards online and in-store!
The Irish Open will be shown on Sky Sports and RTÉ in Ireland and around the world.
Thursday and Friday, 1.0-6.0 (RTÉ2, Sky Sports Golf; Saturday and Sunday 1.10-5.45 (RTÉ1, Sky Sports Golf).