The Golf Course
at Adare Manor was originally designed by internationally recognised golf
architect Robert Trent Jones Senior in 1995. For over 20 years it has been
highly respected, deeply admired, and loved by golfers from around the world.
When Adare Manor began its spectacular redevelopment project in 2016-2017, we
decided that the golf course also deserved a comprehensive redesign. Renowned
American golf course architect Tom Fazio was invited to take on this impressive
project, reimagining The Golf Course at Adare Manor quite literally from the
ground up. Only The Ailsa Course at Turnberry has received the level of praise in recent times for a re-design. The course at Adare Manor has been totally re-imagined and enjoys a level of conditioning that is only found at the world's best golf courses.
With over 50
years of golf design experience, Tom Fazio is responsible for some of the most
iconic and award-winning courses across the United States and internationally.
He holds the record for the living designer with the most credits on Golf
Digest's list of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses and Golf week’s collection
of America's Best, and won The Golf Digest poll for Best Modern Day Golf Course
Architect so many times in a row that the contest was discontinued. He has now
brought this prodigious expertise and talent across the Atlantic to Ireland to
create a course destined to take its place as one of the finest in the world,
right here at Adare Manor.
Tom Fazio has designed a golf course where each hole boasts
distinct character and unique playability, creating a complete golf experience
to satisfy all levels of golfer, whether they play from the forward or back
tees. Fazio’s philosophy of highlighting the natural beauty and existing
topography of a site and his genius for playable design shine through every
step of the course, from the 1st hole to the 18th. While the order of the holes remains the same, everything else has been
transformed. Each green and tee has been rebuilt and redesigned from scratch,
with significant underground installations for drainage, new irrigation and
watery delivery systems. Every bunker has been replaced with the latest
Capillary Concrete liner drainage technology. All fairways and roughs are
sand-capped for the driest playing conditions.
The Golf Course at Adare Manor is
now one of just a handful of courses worldwide to have the patented Sub Air
technology, also found at Augusta National, beneath every putting surface, providing constant air movement for
aeration and to moderate the temperature in the root zone. There is no long
rough, which means that there is now twice as much cut grass as before:
equivalent to 79 hectares and every green has the advantage of Pure
Distinction bent grass, providing the purest putting surfaces available. The
result is a magnificent golf course which remains eminently playable in all
conditions, whatever the Irish weather may have in store.
With major golf
events in mind, Fazio has overseen a robust infrastructure of roadways,
hospitality arenas and access areas, also ensuring services for tournament
power, media and telecommunications. Thanks to his efforts, The Golf Course at
Adare Manor is looking forward to a long and illustrious future.