Slieve Russell

Slieve Russell

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Slieve Russell

Slieve Russell | NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Resorts

Slieve Russell is one of the leading Irish venues on the NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Resorts list. The resort, which is set in the north of the country and just south of the Northern Irish border, has a beautiful golf course set around the trees and lakes of the area. There is also a 220-room hotel and the magnificent Ciuin Spa allowing guests to relax and de-stress. 
The golf course at Slieve Russell was designed by Paddy Merrigan, and he used the contours of the land to his advantage. Lough Rud and Aghahover Lough come into play on several occasions throughout a round, making driving accuracy the key at Slieve. The 18-hole layout is complemented by the PGA National Academy, which has a nine-hole Academy Course, floodlit driving range and immaculate short game area. 
The Ciuin Spa is the place to go for those guests that are looking to relax during their stay at Slieve Russell. The spa is a wonderful facility, featuring a swimming pool, sauna and steam room, along with the opportunity for guests to indulge in a variety of massages and treatments, all provided by qualified therapists. The spa also features its own shop with a range of products available.  
224 rooms and suites are on offer at the Slieve Russell Hotel. Coming in six different guises, the hotel has something for everyone, with comfort and elegance throughout. Classic Rooms are the standard, with Deluxe and Superior Rooms also available. There are also a range of Junior and Executive Suites, along with Family Suites that can fit the whole crew.  
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18-Hole Championship Layout

Paddy Merrigan was the man behind the 18-hole championship course at Slieve Russell, using the Cavan landscape to create the course, which features plenty of water thanks to Lough Rud and Aghahover Lough, along with undulating terrain and strong greens. The Par 72 layout runs at more than 7,000 yards, with Merrigan’s design having enough to trick golfers of all abilities. 
Those water hazards first come into play on the 2nd hole - ‘Aghahover Leap’. The hole plays around Aghahover Lough, and it is the hardest hole on the scorecard. The water also dissects the fairway, making it a tough driving hole. The 6th is the first of four par 5s on the property, and the easiest hole on the scorecard. Anything more than a par here really does feel like you’ve lost ground to your competitors (or friends)! The 9th brings you back to the clubhouse, allowing you to play Slieve Russell as both 9 and 18-hole challenges. 
11 is where the water features once more. The par 3 is 189 yards from the back tees, and that is pretty much all carry to the green, with the water that runs between Lough Rud and Aghahover Lough in play. Lough Rud is then down the left side of both the 12th and 13th, while the par 3 16th is also played over water and is the signature hole on the course. The closing hole at Slieve Russell is a long par 5 that provides one final birdie opportunity as your round comes to a close.  

Luxurious Rooms and Suites

There are more than 220 rooms in the hotel at Slieve Russell, all of which are beautifully furnished to provide comfort and elegance for all guests that come through the doors of the Irish resort. 
The Classic Room is the standard offering at Slieve Russell, with rooms equipped with either a double bed or twin beds. The Deluxe Rooms have a king-sized bed or two queen-sized beds to suit families of four, while the Superior Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and a super king-sized bed for the utmost comfort.  
There are also three levels of suites on offer at the Irish venue – Junior, Executive and Family. There are a range of Family Rooms available in different guises, some with two bedrooms. The Junior and Executive Suites offer a range of views, with the latter having a gorgeous living room with couches, armchairs and a dining table.  
The Conall Cearnach Restaurant and the Setanta Restaurant offer lovely dining experiences, while the Summit Bar & Restaurant overlooks the golf course and offers players a casual dining experience in a comfortable setting.  

Ciuin Spa

The Ciuin Spa at the Slieve Russell Hotel is the place to go for those that want to relax and rejuvenate. It is an extensive facility with a wide range of products, amenities, massages and treatments on offer.  
There is a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and more, while the variety of treatments on offer is amazing. The Ciuin Spa also has its own shop, with an array of products available to buy both online and face-to-face.  

FAQs about Slieve Russell

Where is Slieve Russell?  
Slieve Russell sits just off the N87 in Ireland, and just a few miles from the border with Northern Ireland. Ballyconnell is the nearest town, while Cavan is 20 miles to the southeast. Ireland’s capital, Dublin, is 90 miles southeast of Slieve Russell. 

What is the nearest airport and station to Slieve Russell?
Dublin Airport is slightly closer to Slieve Russell than the centre of the city itself. It is around 85 miles from the resort. The airport is the busiest in the country, with more than 27 million passengers travelling through its doors in 2022. It is a hub for Aer Lingus, Ryanair and TUI Airways, with flights to most European countries and North America.  
Carrick-on-Shannon and Dromod are both on the train line between Connolly Station in Dublin and Sligo. However, both stations are more than 25 miles away from Slieve Russell, meaning visitors to the resort would require a taxi to get from the station to Slieve. 

What golf facilities does Slieve Russell offer?
As well as the championship golf course, Slieve Russell is also home to a 9-hole Academy Course which is perfect for beginners to learn the nuances of the game, and for those golfers warming up prior to a round on the championship golf course. There is also a floodlit driving range along with a short game area and putting green. 

Does Slieve Russell offer golf lessons?
Lessons are available at Slieve Russell, through the Raflewski Performance Academy. It is the first of its kind in Europe, and has Foresight GC Quad technology, along with the Sam Putt Lab, Capto 3D Putting and Swing Catalyst to name just a few. 
Individual and group lessons are both available from the Golf Academy at Slieve Russell, with PGA-qualified professional Gordon Smyth being the man to deal them out. There is also the opportunity to receive on-course coaching, to improve course management and other parts of your game.  

What are the green fees at Slieve Russell?
The price of a green fee at Slieve Russell changes throughout the year, depending on the season. It is also different depending on whether it is a weekday or weekend. There are also stay & play packages available at the resort.  
For more information on current green fees and offers at Slieve Russell, visit their website here

What accommodation is on offer at Slieve Russell?
The accommodation range at Slieve Russell is sublime. All 224 rooms and suites come under one roof at the Irish venue, ranging from Classic Rooms up to Executive Suites. There are Deluxe and Superior Rooms, along with Junior and Family Suites, the latter allowing the whole brood to come along for the ride.  

What other resorts are nearby?
The nearest venue that also has a spot on the NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Resorts list is actually over the border in Northern Ireland. Lough Erne is just 25 miles north of Slieve Russell. The nearest resort on Irish soil is Carton House, but that is still 75 miles southeast of Slieve. 
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