Women's Irish Open: Celebrating Excellence in Women's Golf 2023

Sam Hayes
Women's Irish Open: Celebrating Excellence in Women's Golf 2023

Few sports in the world have enjoyed the exponential growth over the past couple of decades that women’s golf has and consequently, the finances and global awareness of the sport continues to boom.

Ireland has long been one of the spiritual homes of golf, in Europe and beyond with some of the world's most prestigious golf courses situated on the Emerald Isle. In recent years, Ireland has become a prominent destination for women's golf, thanks in large part to the Women's Irish Open.

With the event first hitting the women’s tour back in 1994, it has endured a fractious relationship with the kingmakers in the sport at times, but it made a hugely successful return as the KPMG Women’s Irish Open in Clare in 2022.

Irish Open Legacy

Having the Irish Open secured on the calendar for years to come gives Irish golfing fans the chance to witness the annual event, which showcases the incredible talent and dedication of female golfers from around the globe and should serve as inspiration for a new generation of players.

Over the years, the Women's Irish Open has witnessed remarkable performances by some of the finest female golfers in the world. With a roll call of past champions such as Laura Davies, Sophie Gustafson, and Suzann Pettersen the prestige of the Irish Open pretty much speaks for itself.

2022 champion Klara Spilkova held her nerve in an enthralling play-off to take home the 60 thousand euros prize and there will be a whole host of big names looking to make their mark at the KPMG Irish Open in 2023.

Showcasing all four corners of the Emerald Isle

The Women's Irish Open, which is organised and hosted by the Ladies European Tour, has played a pivotal role in promoting women's golf on the Emerald Isle. Despite having to force its way on the calendar in recent times, generally, the tournament has grown in stature, attracting world-class players and significant media coverage.

When it comes to iconic golfing locations, very few countries in the world can compete with Ireland. Over the years the Women's Irish Open has had the privilege of being hosted by some of the country's finest venues, with Killeen Castle, County Louth Golf Club, and Ballybunion Golf Club all having all welcomed the event over the years. 

Golf for all

The Women's Irish Open goes beyond showcasing the talents of female golfers — it also serves as a powerful symbol of gender equality within the sport. By placing women's golf betting in the spotlight, the tournament helps break down barriers and challenge traditional gender norms in Ireland. It inspires young girls and women to pursue their passion for golf, knowing that they have the same opportunities and recognition as their male counterparts.

In recent years, the Ladies European Tour has been instrumental in advocating for equal prize money, ensuring that female golfers are rewarded fairly for their achievements. The Women's Irish Open has been at the forefront of this movement, demonstrating the commitment to providing an equitable platform for women's golf.

Having the Women's Irish Open back on the international golfing calendar has been hugely important for young female golfers in Ireland. The hiatus between 2013 and 2021 was felt amongst the golf-mad community in Ireland and the support of the Ladies European Tour has been instrumental in seeing the flagship tournament back on the calendar.

Through its outstanding venues, commitment to gender equality, and community engagement, the Irish Open has elevated the profile of women's golf in Ireland, and it looks set to do so for generations to come.