Monaghan making a play for golf tourists

Monaghan is hoping to become the next big destination for golfing holidays in Ireland, as Concra Wood, the jewel in the county’s golfing crown, hosts the Monaghan Irish Challenge pro tournament, part of the prestigious European Tour, 4-7 October.

With five golf courses set amid trademark rolling green drumlins punctuated by lush forests and beautiful lakes, each located around an hour’s drive of either Dublin or Belfast, the county offers golfers several great value ‘play and stay’ offers available throughout the county, with prices starting from just €69pp.

Concra Wood is the pick of the bunch in terms of golf courses, offering both breath-taking panoramic views looking out over Lough Muckno and Hope Castle, and designed by two Irish golfing legends Christy O’Connor Senior and Junior and they are playing host to some of the best young players during the Monaghan Irish Challenge in October – entry is free so get up and see them in action.


There are packages on offer at several hotels in the area, including:

The four-star Shirley Arms Hotel located in the heart of the pretty market town of Carrickmacross (15 minutes from Concra) who have a ‘play, stay and dine’ package: 1-night B&B with evening meal and 1 round of golf from €145pp.

The Glencarn Hotel is offering a mid-week ‘play-and-stay’ package for €189 for two, which includes an overnight stay with Irish breakfast; €30 dining credit, full use of the pool and leisure facilities; and a round of golf at Concra Wood.

The Hillgrove, a four-star hotel in Monaghan Town, is offering a 1-night package with accommodation, full Irish breakfast, four-course evening meal, full use of leisure facilities including one hour in the thermal suite, free of charge, and a round of golf at Rossmore from €110pp.

Golfing packages at the recently refurbished three-star Creighton Hotel in the centre of Clones, start from a very reasonable €79pp, including bed and breakfast, a three-course evening meal and round of golf at Clones Golf club.

At the four-star Nuremore Hotel and Country Club just outside Carrickmacross, hotel residents are offered a reduced green fee of just €20 per person per round. The hotel also offers a choice of ‘stay and play’ packages year round starting from just €69pp including overnight accommodation, breakfast and golf.

Find out more about golf holidays in Monaghan at

The Monaghan Irish Challenge runs 4-7 October 2018 and is free to attend. Tickets can be booked HERE

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