It’s been all change at the K Club since its purchase by entrepreneur Michael Fetherston in 2020 with significant course and clubhouse investment as well as a host of new faces, the latest of which is new Director of Golf, Conor Russell.
Russell, who joins from a Director of Golf position at Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links which he held since 2017, brings a wealth of experience and has an exceptional track record in coaching, team management, leadership, guest relations and retail excellence.
Beginning his career as a Professional in 1997, Russell has held Professional positions in Mount Juliet, Headfort and Killarney before taking up the Head Professional position in Sutton Golf Club. A hugely popular figure in North Dublin golf, after spending over 10 years at Sutton he moved to Portmarnock Links and was heavily involved in elevating the resort profile, attracting North American golfers to the links, working to raise the ranking of the course in the Top 100 lists and implementing and executing a highly successful membership growth programme.
The K Club CEO Paul Heery is delighted with the appointment. “We look forward to Conor enhancing all aspects of the golf experience at The K Club. His substantial track record speaks for itself and we have every expectation that his enthusiasm, passion and experience will help ensure The K Club realises its full potential as an iconic golf destination.”
“I really am delighted to be joining The K Club team,” said the new Director of Golf. “I look forward to being part of this new phase of developments at this world-renowned resort. I believe the history and quality of the famous Arnold Palmer-designed courses, home to so many thrilling moments over the years, coupled with the owner’s vision and investment make for an incredibly exciting future.”
“Joining The K Club at such a dynamic moment in its history is a real treat,” added Russell. “I’m also really looking forward to working closely with our members in developing the club side of The K Club. There is so much enthusiasm, energy and investment happening, not just in golf but across the entire resort, so it’s a very exciting time to be part of the continuing story of The K Club.”