Irish Stars to play in Adare Manor curtain-raiser

Rory McIlroy will tee it up alongside fellow Irish stars to launch the upgraded Adare Manor course

Adare Manor
(Image credit: Laurence Lambrecht)

As part of a stunning new design at the Limerick-based course, Adare Manor is hosting a charity event to celebrate its opening.

Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry and Paul McGinley will hit the inaugural tee-shots at the new Adare Manor Golf Course.

The Course is due to open this month, having been closed since 2016. The multi-million pound renovation is nearing its completion.

The Championship course first opened in 1995. It has undergone expansive reconstruction over the past two years and is due to host four of Irish golf's most prestigious names.

See more

Horse-owner and former Manchester United shareholder, J.P. McManus, was given the green light to renovate the 17th Century manor and its surrounding golf course.

The Manor overlooks several of the holes to create a picturesque back-drop for the closing stretch.

The responsibility of reconstructing the golf course fell upon legendary designer, Tom Fazio. He has designed more than 120 courses worldwide, including Quail Hollow, which hosted last year's PGA Championship.

Fazio has created a unique masterpiece. Adare Manor will be the first golf course in Europe to feature greens with bentgrass. Its location on the River Maigue means the 7,500 yard course will present plenty of tough challenges, with 14 holes in danger of water.

Expand The Best Golf Courses In Ireland

Bucket List Golf Courses

The Best Golf Courses In Ireland

Ireland's coast is blessed with some amazing links…

Expand 15 Bucket List Golf Courses You Have To Play

Bucket List Golf Courses

15 Bucket List Golf Courses You Have To Play

An incredible selection of layouts showcasing the tremendous…

Expand 17 Ways To Tell You’re Obsessed With Golf

Obsessed With Golf

17 Ways To Tell You’re Obsessed With Golf

The tell-tale signs that you are a true…

The course has previously hosted the Irish Open in 2007 and 2008. However, the new design provides a completely different proposition.

Lead designer, Fazio, said: "Most golfers will never have seen anything like this course. This will be the standout course in Europe. Everyone is going to want to see this place."

Padraig Harrington won the Irish Open at Adare Manor in 2007 echoed Fazio's claim. saying: "I think the re-opening of this golf course has been incredibly anticipated by all golfers in Ireland…It’s definitely going to be on the bucket list.”

See more

 

McIlroy, Harrington, McGinley and Lowry, who have over 66 professional wins between them, are competing in a charity match worth €500,000. The winners will donate €350,000 to their charity of choice in a pairs matchplay exhibition.

Shane Lowry is excited to be part of the event, hailing the quality of the golf course. He said: "The greens are as quick as any tournament we play in Europe… 100% you could play a tournament here tomorrow.

See more

McIlory and McGinley will be team mates at the brand-new course.

Course owner, McManus, has expressed his desire to host a Ryder Cup in the future. He said: "The Ryder Cup is a very very big ask, and like every other golf club in Ireland, we’d be delighted to host the Ryder Cup, it’s one of (my) long term dreams"

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. Elliott graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He is obsessed with the game and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey. His handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Honma TR20B

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x