Because it doesn’t border any other county that has a coastline, some regard Laois as the most land locked district in Ireland. Formerly known as Queen’s County, Laois is one of the smallest counties in Leinster province with a population of around 80,000 people.
There are seven golf clubs located in Laois and the oldest of these, Abbeyleix, was formed in 1895, one of an incredible ninety seven clubs that were established during Ireland’s first real period of golfing growth between 1892 and 1900.
The course at The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort was inaugurated in 2004 and it quickly featured in published lists of Ireland’s top tracks. Three years after opening, the course hosted the fifth series of matches in the Seve Trophy, with the Great Britain and Ireland team defeating Europe 16 ½ to 11 ½.