Coming off the heels of one of the most-watched Big Break seasons in ‘Big Break Indian Wells,’ Golf Channel’s reality series will return for its 16th season this fall at historic K Club in Ireland, home of the 2006 Ryder Cup.
‘Big Break Ireland,’ produced in cooperation with Tourism Ireland and scheduled to premiere Sept. 20, will feature a cast of six men and six women competing against each other in an attempt to realize their lifelong dreams of playing alongside the world’s top golfers. The male or female winner will be awarded two tournament exemptions from the four exemptions up for grabs, which represent events on the LPGA, European Tour and Ladies European Tour. The winner also will receive a host of other prizes.
One of the tournament exemptions will be the European Tour’s 2012 Irish Open. The 2011 Irish Open presented by Discover Ireland, contested next week at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, will have four hours of live coverage on Golf Channel, Thursday-Sunday, July 28-31.
Filmed on location in May at The K Club in Kildare, Ireland, the 10-episode series will unfold on the resort’s two championship golf courses – the Palmer Smurfit Course and the Palmer Ryder Cup Course. Both designed by Arnold Palmer, the Palmer Ryder Cup Course is consistently ranked as one of the top-3 parkland courses in Ireland. The Palmer Smurfit Course, in contrast, is an inland links course, with dramatic landscapes and dune-type mounding throughout. In addition to hosting the 2006 Ryder Cup, The K Club also has hosted 13 European Opens on the European Tour.
“Big Break is one of the longest-running series on television and one of our most important original series franchises,” said Tom Stathakes, Golf Channel senior vice president of programming, production and operations. “Each season we strive to give the competitors tough tests on the golf course while at the same time showcasing a picturesque location. With Big Break Ireland, we accomplished both.”
Michael Davern, CEO and general manager of The K Club said, “It was wonderful to have been chosen as the host venue for this show which will be seen by millions of viewers. Both of our championship courses offer players completely contrasting golfing experiences, which challenge and excite players the world over. Some of the world’s top golfers have played here.”