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
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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV