The Heritage, a 72 par Championship golf course, was co-designed by Seve Ballesteros and Jeff Howes and is set in the beautiful rolling countryside of Co. Laois. With the Slieve Bloom Mountains as a backdrop, this championship golf course provides the most enjoyable experience for golfers of all standards in Ireland. Construction on the golf course began back in June 2001, with what was once an open piece of farmland, Ballesteros & Howes have created a gem that features all the flair you would expect from Seve.
Five lakes and a stream meander through the course and bring water into play on 10 holes. 98 beautifully shaped bunkers and 7,000 trees adorn the landscape, which is very gently undulating without any climbing involved. The variety of tees allows the course to be played from 5747 to 7319 yards and the limestone land ensures a magnificent playing surface all year round. There is an orthodox configuration of four par-fives, four par-threes and ten par-fours for an overall par of 72. In keeping with the best design principles, the par-fives are all in different directions and while the short fourth and short seventeenth are both facing west, the tee shots are from crucially different angles. The Heritage also boasts excellent finishing holes on both nines with the ninth having a stroke index of four and the eighteenth an index of three.
The Heritage Killenard also offers the Seve Ballesteros ‘Natural’ Golf School which is only the third of it's kind in the world and the first in Ireland and the UK. Using leading edge technology and personal tuition, from PGA professional Eddie Doyle you will be taught the principles of the great man himself, especially in the short game for which Seve was renowned.
There is a feast of other facilities too, including a driving range with power tees, indoor putting green, camera room, pitching green and bunker practice area, as well as a 9 hole par 3 course. The school facilities include 10 bay floodlit driving range, Two teaching bays, 100 metre wide outdoor tee area, Dedicated short game facility with Putting green, Pitching green, Bunker practice area, Target golf greens at 50, 70 and 100 yards. Central to the school's philosophies and an integral part of the facility is:- THE SWING ROOM, The digital coaching and analysis system for swing evaluation, Digital video coaching, Bio mechanics room, Indoor putting green and pitching green, Custom fitting area. To complement the ‘Natural’ Golf School, The Leix Course is a dedicated practice course, with holes measuring 150 to 210 yards, custom designed to provide an on-course practice facility for the teaching principles of the school.
The Heritage Killenard played host venue to the Seve Trophy in 2007. The Seve Trophy pits Europe’s leading players in a team match play event between Continental Europe and Great Britain & Ireland. From 27th September through to 30th September all eyes will be on The Heritage Killenard as Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain, Nick Faldo will come up against Seve Ballesteros as opposing non-playing captains. Qualification for The Seve Trophy began at the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai, China. The top four players on both the World Rankings and European Order of Merit make the respective teams automatically and each captain has two picks to make up the 10 man teams. The teams play for prize money of €2m, with the winners sharing a €1.25m purse.