Mount Juliet retains top course award

THE Jack Nicklaus-designed Mount Juliet golf course has been voted Ireland’s top parkland course by a panel of 55 experienced golfers in Backspin magazine’s 3rd biennial Irish Golf Course Rankings poll.

THE Jack Nicklaus-designed Mount Juliet golf course has been voted Ireland’s top parkland course by a panel of 55 experienced golfers in Backspin magazine’s 3rd biennial Irish Golf Course Rankings poll.

Mount Juliet retains top spot for a third time in the parkland category and by a convincing margin over the The K Club (Palmer) in Kildare and Adare in Limerick.

Mount Juliet attracted 17 first-preference and 13 second-preference votes on this occasion. The Thomastown course hosted the Irish Open from 1993 to 1995, the Shell Wonderful World of Golf in 1998 and the WGC AmEx Championship in 2002 and 2004.

When informed by the magazine about Mount Juliet’s three-in-a-row feat in Backspin’s biennial poll, course designer Jack Nicklaus responded: “We are honoured that Mount Juliet was named the top parkland golf course in Ireland for a third straight time. We appreciate the editors of Backspin, as well as those who made up the voting panel, for recognizing the late Tim Mahony’s contribution to golf and tourism in Ireland. Tim was a wonderful man who worked tirelessly to do things the right way. I am delighted that in Tim’s honor and as a tribute to him Mount Juliet has received this recognition again.”