By Sam Tremlett
At what club does 2019 Open Champion Shane Lowry call home?
What Is Shane Lowry's Home Club?
Shane Lowry grew up in Clara and would ride his bike 45 minutes or so to his home club Esker Hills which is where he is a member to this present day.
Designer Christy O'Connor Junior said; "Designing Esker Hills gave me enormous satisfaction, plotting the course through nature's own sand-hills and valleys. Esker Hills is the only inland links type course I know of, which makes golf a pleasure all year round."
Routed in two nines, Esker Hills measures just under 7,000 yards off the tips and there are several tough holes due to the 90 degree dog-leg nature of some of them.
Lowry started showing up to the club at the age of 12 and would often play 45 holes in a day. Up to that point he had played a bit of pitch and putt golf but he quickly showed how proficient he was at the game and wanted to move up into the full-length version of the game.
“Rain, hail or snow, Shane Lowry was out there,” longtime Esker Hills member John O’Shea told pga tour.com.
Over the years, despite all the Irishman's success around the world, Lowry remains humble to the club and his roots, often turning up at the club for junior competitions. He always makes sure all the kids leave with a prize too.
The club has a close-knit community and hundreds have turned up at the club to watch Lowry play on television. For example they watched him win the 2009 Irish Open as an amateur and even more watched him win the 2019 Open Championship hosted at Royal Portrush.
The entire club supported Lowry the whole day and cheered when he holed the winning putt to secure his sole Major Championship.
Currently a lot of Lowry's bags and trophies are housed in display cases at the club, along with signed flags and other memorabilia.
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A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.
A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well.
Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five.
Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6