Castlewarden first up for Qualifiers of International King’s Cup

Glasson Lakehouse - venue for the final of the International King's Cup

One of the most anticipated international amateur golf tournaments for 2023 is almost here with now only a matter of days until the first qualifier (this Friday March 24th) at Castlewarden for the International King’s Cup.

There are qualifying venues around the country Castlewarden Golf Club – 24th March / Donegal Golf Club (Murvagh) – 31st March / Castlerock Golf Club – 12th April and Dundrum House GC – 24th April while Glasson Golf Club in Co Westmeath will be the venue for the final where Team USA and Team Ireland will stay at Glasson Lakehouse from Monday 26th June to Friday 29th June.

The format is Fourball Betterball Net at the first stage qualifier and at the National Final Fourball Betterball Gross. Only 4 teams will compete within each flight at the National Final and the event is Open to Ladies and Gents, any combination – simply find a partner within max 8 of your h/cap index and play in our better-ball format event. Golfers are only 2 steps away from representing Ireland.


Limit of 36 Playing Index for Ladies and 24 Playing Index for Gents. Those whose index is above the limits may drop down.

Finding a partner within 8 shots of your handicap will determine which flight you fall into. There are 4 flights. On the day you only play against those in same flight and same age bracket. Within each flight teams will be made up of participants in either Open Age 18+ or Seniors Over 55’s. A senior may play in the Open Age category as long as his/her partner is aged 54 and under. Whoever makes the team will get to stay at Glasson Lakehouse for the duration of the event (4 Nights). Each player will be presented with uniforms for each day of play and each one given bespoke BagBoy Golf Bags. The flights to fall into are (0 to 4.9)  (5 to 9.9)  (10 to 14.9) (15+). Teams add their indexes together – half their combined and this will determine their flight.

“It’s great to be able to take this event across Ireland and we are very much looking forward to the International King’s Cup at the magnificent Glasson Golf Club which has recently undergone a €1.5m redevelopment,” says Lynn McCool, Director of Golf, Glasson Golf Club.

“In 2019 the venue for the International King’s Cup was at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Florida. We are very excited to be returning and staging the International King’s Cup within Ireland Hidden Heartlands.

“We are delighted to have Calor Gas, Medel Healthcare, My Daily Choice, Hidden Heartlands, Sportstalk, Irish Golfer and BAGBOY as our event partners for 2023.”

“The event is played in honour of Arnold Palmer. Mr Palmer did much for golf, and we are very proud to take this event across Ireland playing it in his honour. I encourage every level of golfer to find a partner and enter one of the qualifiers as this will be an ultimate golf experience,” added McCool.

“To have age brackets of Open age 18 + and a senior 55+ and four flights (categories) means there is a chance for everyone who has a Golf Ireland Handicap to qualify. It’s fantastic and we anticipate every qualifier to have a full field, so golfers need to book early,” said Tournament US Golf Challenge Director, Bob Butte.

The International King’s Cup, a three-day 54-hole amateur match play pairs tournament structured like the Ryder Cup, was formed in 2016 and is played in honour of golf’s greatest ambassador, Mr. Arnold Palmer.

Qualifiers will now take place across the island of Ireland. Qualifiers are now available to book (FORMAT: Fourball Betterball)

STAGE 1 – Select to enter a qualifier

  • Castlewarden Golf Club                         Friday       24th March
  • Donegal Golf Club (Murvagh)               Friday        31st March
  • Castlerock Golf Club                             Tuesday     12th April
  • Dundrum House GC                              Monday     24th April

Entries must be made directly through club websites.

STAGE 2 – NATIONAL QUALIFIER: Glasson Golf Club – Monday 8th May 2022

The first three Cups have been won by Team Ireland. In 2019 at the prestigious Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Florida Team USA clinched victory for the very first time. 2021 saw the Americans clinch victory for the very first time on Irish soil. Organisers are now looking to recruit Team Ireland for this unique 16-person team event. Open to Male / Female Golfers – Any Combination. So, whether you are a scratch golfer or a 24-handicap golfer you have equal opportunity to qualify to represent Team Ireland. Pairs teams must not exceed more than a difference of 8 between each of their handicaps. Pairs can be made up All Male or All Female or Any Combination.

Please contact the qualifying venues directly for entries via their club website or for further information contact;

Lynn Mc Cool Co- Founder, Email:,

Tel: +44 7522742294 / 086 023 8838

Find out more about the International King’s Cup Qualifiers Rules and Format, Visit:


What the International King’s Cup is all about

For More Information Contact: North America, Bob Butte,

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