Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Golf Challenge usually held?The Laois International Golf Challenge is usually held in the month of May
Who are the sponsors?Sponsored by Laois County Council, Laois Tourism, & Failte Ireland.
What are the details for the Challenge 2012?The Laois International Golf Challengeis a fourball, betterball competition played over seven excellent parkland golf courses in County Laois.
The leading players with the best accumulated scores over the three days will qualify to play the Grand Final on Thursday 17th May at the magnificent Seve Ballesteros designed Heritage Golf & Spa Resort Killenard.
The Final Presentation and Special Tournament Reception will be held at the Heritage at Killenard on the Thursday evening. All participants are invited. Golfers, not qualifying for the final will play another competition on this day at Abbeyleix Golf Course.
What courses are involved?
- Portarlington Golf Course
- Mountrath Golf Course
- Abbeyleix Golf Course
- Portlaoise Golf Course
- Rathdowney Golf Course
- The Heath Golf Course
- The Heritage Golf Course Killenard
What is the cost to enter?The cost of entry is only €100 (Stg £90) per participant and this guarantees 4 days of golf and invitation to the presentation evening.
Single Days are available at a cost of €15.00.
Maximum Handicap is 24 for gents and 36 for ladies.
Who plays in the event?The event has a truly international flavour with golfers from Wales, Scotland, the U.K., Germany, Sweden, Belgium and of course Irish golfers. The event attracts of lot of interest in particular from Wales, Northern Ireland, the U.K. and Scotland.
What do participants think?The feedback is excellent over the years and most people think that the golf challenge is very good value for very good quality golf courses. Easy accessibility to County Laois from Dublin (less than 1 hour) is a good selling point. The visitors to the area enjoy the Laois hospitality and the relaxed atmosphere in the midlands of Ireland.
Accommodation in Laois?There is an excellent selection of hotels, bed & breakfasts and self catering houses in Laois. For further details on golf packages, contact the Tourism Officer, Laois County Council on 00353 (0) 57 86 74324.
County LaoisLaois is a County of rich contrasts, excellent golf courses and for people who want a different experience of Ireland. Laois is a popular destination for Activities such as fishing, walking, horse-riding, adventure sports, barges, paintballing, and trekking.
The Slieve Bloom Mountains are located in the north west of the County and the views here are spectacular.
Laois is well-known for its beautiful historic buildings and gardens such as Emo Court, the Rock of Dunamaise, Heywood Gardens as examples.
For more details on activities and attractions, please check out www.laoistourism.ie
For more details…..For entry forms or more information on the event, excellent value accommodation and flights / ferry info, please contact
Laois County Council,
Aras an Chontae,
Tel: +353 57 86 74324
Website Info: www.laoistourism.ie / www.golfirelandmidlands.com