Grand Open - Golf & Gourmet Ireland

20th-22nd October 2023

The Grand Open is renowned for combining business, golf and networking at an executive level delivering unique experiences and The Grand Open Ireland will be no different!

This year's Grand Open - Golf & Gourmet- will be an exceptional golf and networking opportunity taking place at the prestigious Old Head Golf Links in Kinsale, on Ireland's Southern Coast. The golf course is set on a spectacular headland extending two miles out into the Atlantic Ocean.

Golf fanatics from all over the business world will play in this unique event which will provide a relaxed opportunity to establish new international contacts and develop new friendships, while enjoying one of the most spectacular golf courses in the world. This very special day will reach a suitable crescendo with an exclusive dining experience with excellent seafood and a "Taste of Kinsale" at Ballinacurra House in Kinsale, a menu that will be collaborated on by three world renowned chefs, Nils Molinder of Sweden, Mark Moriarty and Dave Rice of Ireland.

Ballinacurra House is an exclusive private residence and is recognised as one of Ireland's premier private events properties. This lovely estate will be our exclusively home during the Grand Open Gourmet Ireland, Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd of October.

The participants in the tournament and event will be comprise of 2 Teams with Nils & Mark as Team Captains, made up of executives/entrepreneurs in mixed four balls.

Entry Fee: €1,595 per person sharing / €1,795 per person Single Occupancy

Your entry fee includes participation in the golf tournament, 2 Nights accommodation and private dining with drinks. Welcome reception with networking on the Friday evening at Ballinacurra House. It will also include bus transfers to Kinsale and between Ballinacurra House and Old Head. Space is limited so make sure to book your place soon!

Extra golf, accommodation, sightseeing, dining and transport can be organised through Experience Ireland Golf & Travel. Phone: +353-64-6622830 / Email: 

Profiles of our Chefs

Mark Moriarty - Mark is a former San Pellegrino world young chef of the year, and has been listed on the Forbes 30under30. He worked most recently at The Greenhouse Restaurant, under head chef Mickael Viljanen, which held Two Michelin Stars, before finishing in May 2021. He is currently working on numerous food projects, including TV, brand consultancy, pop-up restaurants and ambassador roles, while keeping an eye on new opportunities. Mark can be found on RTE One as presenter of 'Beyond the Menu' and 'Cook In with Mark Moriarty' As Chef in Residence for Diageo Reserve, he oversees iconic drinks brands such as Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray and Ketel One. He also produces recipes and content for M&S in Ireland. Oh, and he loves his golf!

Nils Molinder - Nils is one of Sweden's most prominent chefs who runs several famous restaurants around Stockholm. Bl. a. Melander's fish, Sjöpaviljongen, Wärdshuset Ulla Winbladh and legendary Wedholm's fish to name a few. Nils also runs the Italian tavern Nostrano in Södermalm outside the restaurant empire and is the author of the seafood bible FISK - The ultimate seafood cookbook ( Arena Publishers). In Kokkarnas Kamp on TV4, you saw Nils as one of the chefs where he won the people's sympathies with his second place in season four. That Nils, who has been cleaning fish since he was 13 years old, won the sub-competition with fish cleaning was hardly surprising. Together with his brother, Nils received a Michelin star for the classic restaurant Wedholm's fish and has also won the SM in oyster opening.

David Rice - David is the Head Chef at Ballinacurra House and also runs the Kinsale Gourmet Academy. Before joining Ballinacurra House, David spent 2 years working as head tutor at Dublin's premier cookery school, Cooks Academy. This enabled him to extend his skills beyond just cooking, and develop further his people and teambuilding skills. Prior to this, David was a senior chef at Dublin's Michelin star restaurant Chapter One. Before that he was head chef at the Mustard Seed Lodge in Adare, Co. Limerick where he won Best Chef in Limerick at the Restaurant Association of Ireland Awards 2010. In addition, the Mustard Seed won Best Use of Local Ingredients in 2009 at the Georgina Campbell Awards during David's tenure.