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Royal Portrush boss Wilma Erskin heads to Galgorm Resort

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Galgorm Resort & Spa have announced the beginning of the next chapter in its success story in a collaboration with Galgorm Castle which will see it rebrand as Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort.

The vision behind the rebrand is a commitment from both parties to enhance the tourism infrastructure in Northern Ireland and cement their status as one of the UK and Ireland’s leading spa and golf destinations ready to compete on the global stage.

The collaboration with Galgorm Castle introduces the championship Castle Course, a state-of-the-art golf academy and six-hole pitch & putt into The Resort’s golf offering, that already includes a 9-hole par-3 course.

“We are delighted to formally integrate our world class parkland course and facilities into the already fantastic Resort,” said Gary Henry, Managing Director Galgorm Castle. “Galgorm now provides a spa and golf offering up there with some of the best resorts in the world.”

The news is another feather in the cap for tourism in Northern Ireland with 2019 proving a year of milestones for golf in the region. With The Open at Royal Portrush now just weeks away, last week’s exciting announcement of the ISPS HANDA World Invitational Men | Women, presented by Modest! Golf Management at Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort – the first men and women’s professional tournament of its kind in Europe – was a further case of Northern Ireland rubber-stamping its credentials as arguably the most happening global golf destinations on the planet right now.

“Northern Ireland is experiencing unparalleled success as a golf destination and this exciting step further strengthens our relationship with Galgorm Castle,” noted Colin Johnston, Managing Director Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort.

“By further enhancing our product offering, we believe this will go some way to support the growth in tourism figures and The Golf Tourism Strategy of Tourism Northern Ireland.

“We are also pleased to announce the appointment of a new Non-Executive Director, Wilma Erskine, to our Board. Wilma brings with her a wealth of experience in hospitality and golf management, retiring this Autumn from the helm of Royal Portrush after 34 years.

“Wilma was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Northern Ireland tourism as well as golf and will be instrumental in instilling our commitment to golf tourism.”

Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort is perfectly positioned, close to both Belfast airports and within very easy access to the stunning North Antrim coast and Royal Portrush. Other trophy links courses in the area include, Portstewart and Castlerock which makes The Resort the ideal destination for the ultimate golfing trip to Northern Ireland. The Resort itself has picked up a number of industry awards, including the Global Luxury Spa Hotel of the Year at the World Luxury Hotel Awards, the Irish Golf Tour Operator’s Large Golf Hotel of the Year and was named Parkland Course of the Year alongside many other accolades.

Dedicated to offering world-class facilities, in the last 12 months Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort expanded its Thermal Spa Village to over three acres and added 17 individual cottage suites to the collection. The cottages plus the exclusive-use, Red Oaks property, provide group-friendly accommodation as well 4 onsite restaurants and now a championship course, boasts a truly extensive choice for guests.

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