The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation will take place at Ballyliffin Golf Club, Co. Donegal from the 5th to the 8th of July 2018.
The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation will visit one of Ireland’s most iconic links courses in 2018 when Ballyliffin Golf Club plays host to the championship for the first time.
The announcement marks a new chapter in the history of the tournament as it makes its first venture to the North West of the country, continuing a legacy which has seen it contested at many of the finest courses across the island of Ireland since it was first played in 1927.
With the tournament also a part of the European Tour’s new Rolex Series initiative, the fabled County Donegal venue will also play host to some of the world’s greatest players from July 5-8, 2018.
Keith Pelley, the Chief Executive of the European Tour, speaking during the final day of this year’s tournament at Portstewart, said: “I am delighted to announce that the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation will be played at Ballyliffin Golf Club next July.
“It is one of the great and historic events on the European Tour, raised to a new level in recent times by the commitment of our title sponsor Dubai Duty Free and by the support of our own Rory McIlroy and his Foundation as hosts.
“The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open has also been elevated due to its inclusion as part of our new Rolex Series, a transformational development for the European Tour which is now in full swing. The Rolex Series has many positives but one of the most important in terms of playing experience is the quality of the golf course.
“In terms of links golf, we are truly blessed on that score in Ireland as we have seen this week in Portstewart, and I am delighted that another gem in the shape of Ballyliffin has been lined up for our members next year.”