Two years ago Paul McGinley helped set up Clubstohire.com, a shrewd decision given that the Dublin-based company has been nominated in the Irish Times business awards.

ClubstoHire.com has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Service’ category after seeing sales grow by 100% each year since trading began.

The Irish company – which operates from 14 airports across popular Mediterranean golfing destinations – hires out sets of the latest golf clubs, including Callaway and TaylorMade, from as little as €35 per person.

Last year, more than 30,000 sets of clubs were rented out, with the company claiming it helped golfers save almost £1m in additional airline baggage charges.

ClubstoHire – which has just opened a shop in the main arrivals hall at Malaga Airport – also won a similar accolade from Germany’s Golf Magazin in 2012.

“Paul’s profile and business acumen have been major factors in our rapid growth and nomination for awards,” said the company’s chief executive, Tony Judge.

“We’re delighted that he’s been appointed Ryder Cup captain and believe he’ll do as great a job for European golf as he has for us.”

The 46-year-old sends a personal email to every golfer who uses the service, so hundreds can claim to have received a message from Ireland’s first Ryder Cup captain.

Golfers can find ClubstoHire shops in popular European golfing destinations like Murcia, Alicante, Majorca, Faro and Dublin, amongst others.

The Irish Times Inter-Trade Innovation Awards ceremony will be held at the Titanic Belfast in March.