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Adare Manor is sure to be an incredible Ryder Cup host and the crowd will be a huge part of that. It is very difficult to forget the scenes at K Club when a highly emotional Darren Clarke stepped up to the first tee following the loss of his wife. The crowd that week were unrelenting in providing the extra man and carrying Team Europe to Ryder Cup victory.
There is no doubt that the unrivalled success of the Irish Open on the European Tour has helped bring the biennial event to the Emerald Isle. With recent major winners and superstar tour players, Ireland is loving golf right now. With all of this in mind, today we will look at Adare Manor and get excited about the Ryder Cup coming back to Ireland.
There are few places in the world that can put on a golf trip for friends the way Ireland can. If you have the chance to take in some major championship venues and a Ryder Cup while you are at it then that is even better! For many, Ireland is an even better golf holiday destination that the UK.
There is no doubt that the Ryder Cup at Adare Manor will be a huge success. When the Irish put on a golf tournament, the people come in record-beating numbers no matter what weather.
You also have to bear in mind that the match before this one will be in New York as Team America hosts at Bethpage Black. This will mean that the rowdy big apple crowds will need to eat some humble pie as the Irish out-do them and show that they really are among the best golf fans in the world.
It is great to have the Ryder Cup back in Ireland and a testament to all of those who have worked hard to bring the tournament there. There are few nations in Europe that deserve a home Ryder Cup more than Ireland.
In 1995, Robert Trent Jones Snr, the renowned American architect laid down the original parkland course on this wonderful piece of country estate land. He created a great parkland course that made its way around the manor house and river on the property.
This course was highly celebrated and was the host to the Irish Open in 2007, where local boy Padraig Harrington won, and again in 2008.
In 2016, a huge renovation project began to bring Adare Manor took the quality of the course to a whole new level. The multi-million euro project involved a refurbishment project of the course and in order to do this, a world-class architect was needed. Few names could follow RTJ but the team at Adare Manor picked one who is a master craftsman when it comes to golf courses. Tom Fazio has been responsible for the reinvention of the land and has arguably created the best new golf course in Europe.
Fazio’s design philosophy is to allow the terrain of his courses to make the most of their natural beauty. Each hole at the course is unique and splendid, this is a golfing experience that will remind you why you fell in love with the game in the first place. The deep green of the grass and the trees that frame the holes really add to the visual appeal of Adare Manor.
No expense has been spared in creating this tour de force of design and it will undoubtedly provide a wonderful arena for the battle between Team Europe and Team USA. This is a course that every golfer will love. There are many teeing options so you can enjoy the course no matter what level you play at or how long you’ve played. This is a golf course for all and perfect for a group of friends who want to tour the incredible golfing destinations in Ireland take in a future Ryder Cup venue while you are at it.
Adare Manor is in County Limerick in the south-west of Ireland. Depending on the rest of your trip itinerary you can fly to many different airports thanks to Ireland being fairly small. Cork Airport is under two hours away and Dublin Airport is just over two hours away, so you can easily make this trip with a flight and a hire car. If you’re coming from the UK you can even take a ferry over so that you have your own car for your trip.
Ireland is a country that is absolutely packed with world-class golf courses that are all fairly close together, it is the perfect place for a golfing adventure with friends. There is also a huge amount of history and local culture you can enjoy as part of the trip. Ireland has a rich heritage and one that is ripe for visitors to enjoy.
What to do while you are there
One of the most famous exports of Ireland is, of course, Guinness. The world’s most famous porter tastes better here than anywhere else in the world and you simply must grab a pint whilst you are in town. If you are in Dublin then you should spend some time in St James Gate Brewery to see how it is made and have the freshest pint you’ve ever had. Dublin also has some great sporting venues to visit like Croke Park.
If you decide to base yourself in Cork then your senses are in for a treat. Cork City is bursting with incredible places to eat, drink and be merry. You will have a ball here while you enjoy some local food and craic. One of the most notable things about Ireland is the warm welcome that you will be afforded by locals. Maybe you could even watch a game of hurling or Gaelic football to see the other sports that the Irish excel at.
If you decide to stay close to the Ryder Cup, near Adare Manor, then you need to know what your options for playing locally are. Limerick Golf Club is one of the oldest courses in Ireland and measures around 6,500 yards. The par 72 is a fun parkland course that is kept in great condition.
Shannon Golf Club was founded with championship golf in mind. Opened in 1966, this is a solid championship course that is nestled in some beautiful surroundings. The tall evergreen trees that are dotted all over the property create a challenging yet fair round of golf.
Finally, Glasson Country House & Golf Club opened in 1993 and is widely regarded as one of the most scenic courses in Ireland. This beautiful course was designed by Christie O’Connor Jr and makes the most of its location beside Lough Ree.
The course has awesome views of the water and is sure to take your breath away. At over 7,200 yards this is a long test but with multiple teeing options, every golfer will be able to enjoy this track.
Please note the times given are a guide, they are likely to change prior / during the event