Ireland is to close its Golf Course meadowbrook and open to visitors in 2018, as part of a series of measures to reduce the number of visitors to the country.
The country will close its Meadow Brook Golf Course to visitors for the first time in 2019, and will open it again for golfers in 2020, as it has done in previous years.
Ireland’s Tourism Office said the new rules would mean that “the number of people entering Ireland will be cut by around 20 per cent” as it aims to reduce visitor numbers by 30 per cent.
It said the closure would have a positive impact on the tourism industry, with an additional 2,000 jobs expected to be created.
The tourism industry employs around 8,000 people and employs around 50,000 across the country, including in the tourism sector, the tourism office said.
Tourism in Ireland has grown significantly in recent years, according to the tourism department.
In 2017, the country welcomed 614,000 visitors and 5,939,000 overnight stays.
Last year, Ireland welcomed an additional 5,600,000 travellers, with the largest increase in the number coming from the US, according the Irish Tourism Board.
In the UK, it was reported that the UK was the country with the highest number of golfers visiting, with more than 2.7 million.
Ireland is the only European country to ban golf on its national golf course.
In May, the British Golf Association (BGA) announced it was considering whether to bring back a ban on golf on the Meadow Park Golf Course, which is the main link in the Northern Ireland chain of links.
The ban has been in place since 2007, and the golf course was closed for a short time last year due to poor weather.
The BGA said the decision to reopen was taken after a meeting with golf officials and the public in Belfast on the issue.
The announcement came as the Irish government unveiled plans for a national tourism strategy.
The Government is launching a national plan to boost tourism in 2018 and 2019 and is hoping to attract more visitors, with a focus on golf, fishing and other leisure activities.