A new TV show hosted by Irish golfer Paul McGinley and BBC presenter Chris Hollins highlighting the island of Ireland's golf offering began airing on Sky Sports yesterday evening (Monday October 11).
Filming took place at courses across Ireland earlier this year and was supported by Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism NI.
The six-part TV series, which is called Golf's Greatest Holes, will showcase the island of Ireland's scenery and follow McGinley and Hollins as they play at some of the island's most well-known golf courses, including Luttrellstown, Druids Glen, Carton House, Waterville, Adare Manor, Lahinch, Enniscrone, Ballyliffin, Rosapenna, Lough Erne, Ardglass, Royal Portrush, Portstewart, Royal County Down and Galgorm Castle.
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The series will air first on Sky Sports in Britain, with a new episode airing every fortnight, and then via 20 international broadcasters in more than 100 countries, over the next four years.
It is expected to reach a global TV audience of millions of golfers.
Tourism Ireland Chief Executive Statement
Tourism Ireland chief executive Niall Gibbons stated, "Tourism Ireland was delighted to support the production of Golf's Greatest Holes, hosted by Paul McGinley and Chris Hollins. With many people across Britain set to watch the series on Sky Sports - and subsequently with a huge audience elsewhere around the world - it’s a great way to shine a spotlight on our world-class golf. It will highlight the fact that Ireland offers golfers the complete package – with some of the very best golf in the world, stunning scenery and the warmest of welcomes."
McGinley stated, "Obviously I know how wonderful the island of Ireland is and I was so happy to show it off to Chris and the rest of the world. There are so many of the courses in our show that hold very special memories for me - it is where I grew up playing with my dad, where I became a professional and we returned to the place I ended up marrying my wonderful wife (at Luttrellstown Golf Club). It is a very special place and the series really brings out that magic of the courses and the locations."
Hollins stated, "The island of Ireland is always a wonderful place to visit. But this trip was so much better than I dreamt it would be. The courses we played have been on my bucket list for such a long time and they surpassed all expectations. But the highlights, as always are the scenery and the incredible hospitality."
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