Championship course is part of €200m Kinsale investment
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XCES Projects, an international property development consortium, has announced plans for a €200 million integrated tourism project located on a 650 acre site near Kinsale, County Cork.
The Kinsale Harbour Resort is a unique collaboration between Cork-based XCES Projects, Hyatt International and PGA Golf Management. It will be Ireland’s first integrated tourism complex and will include:
- 200-room, 5-Star deluxe Hyatt Hotel and holiday resort lodges with conference facilities and a destination spa.
- PGA Golf Management operated, 18-hole, 260-acre championship golf course, capable of hosting major international events, clubhouse and state of the art golf academy.
- The course was designed by European Golf Design, a joint venture between the European Tour & IMG
- International-standard indoor and outdoor equestrian complex, together with a 500-seater indoor arena
PGA Golf Management will operate, maintain and promote all golf related facilities on the site including the clubhouse operations and golf academy. Hyatt will be the overall resort operator, including the equestrian facility and clubhouse food and beverage.
The project will create an initial 350 full-time positions directly involved in the operation of the resort, with an estimated further 450 indirect jobs to be created in the local area as a direct result. A further 300 jobs will be involved in the three year construction phase, estimated to cost €160 million.
The Irish Government regards the proposed investment as a major boost for tourism in the southern region and has welcomed the jobs that will flow from it. The golf course has been designed to follow the existing contours of the site and will occupy a generous 260 acres. The site was previously Kinsale racecourse and is reputed to be the site of one of the oldest golf courses in Ireland.
We are delighted to attract such world class partners,” said Carlos D‘Avilez, project director, XCES Projects. “Hyatt International is a high-end operator with a fantastic record in resort management and there are no better partners in golf than PGA Golf Management.”
Commenting at the launch, David Dean, senior management executive of PGA Golf Management said, “The Kinsale Harbour Resort will not only be a market leading addition to the economy of Kinsale and Cork County, but will become one of the finest and most sought after golf resort experiences in Europe.
“The unique combination of resort facilities, location and headland setting of the golf course will be stunning and PGA Golf Management is delighted to be responsible for managing the golf facilities. We are looking forward to working with XCES Projects, Hyatt International and European Golf Design in making the resort a success.”
The project has been sensitively designed by international architects, Henry J. Lyons, to fit and blend with the local environment and landscape. There will be a net gain in green open space, with the existing gorse buffer zone along the shore to be extended. The existing countryside access will be retained and enhanced with a new publicly accessible walkway along the boundary to the site overlooking the sea.
European Golf Design www.egd.com
PGA Golf Management www.pgagm.com