Adore Manor

Stars hail Tom Fazio’s ma­jes­tic re-do of a former Ir­ish Open venue, the con­tem­po­rary cen­tre­piece of a quaint vil­lage in south­west Ire­land.

Golf Digest Middle East - - Contents - Adare Manor by kent gray

Wel­come to the new Lim­er­ick lay­out Rory McIl­roy de­scribes as ‘park­land per­fec­tion’. by kent gray

Rory McIl­roy de­scribed it as “park­land per­fec­tion”. Paul McGin­ley was even more ef­fu­sive in his praise of Ire­land’s new­est course, set within the stately grounds of Adare Manor in County Lim­er­ick. “The ho­tel, course and its con­di­tion­ing are sim­ply ma­jes­tic,” said the former Ry­der Cup cap­tain at last month’s grand open­ing which fea­tured a char­ity match in­clud­ing Padraig Har­ring­ton and Shane Lowry. “We are blessed in Ire­land to have such a va­ri­ety of great golf cour­ses, venues and chal­lenges - Adare adds sig­nif­i­cantly to that.”

In­deed. The 7509-yard Tom Fazio lay­out was built to the “most ex­act­ing of stan­dards” with an eye to be­com­ing a Euro­pean Tour and Ry­der Cup wor­thy venue. Born of the orig­i­nal Adare Manor golf course - opened in 1995 and twice host to the Ir­ish Open (2007 and 2008) – Fazio even en­listed McGin­ley and Har­ring­ton for in­put in the fi­nal rout­ing, con­tour­ing and grass se­lec­tion, the lat­ter to be tended by a team of no less than 50 green­keep­ers.

Wa­ter fea­tures on all by four holes with man-made lakes, streams and the River Maigue but there are just 41 bunkers, the fewest on any Fazio de­sign. Golfers can stay on­site at the 5-star cas­tle ho­tel owned and beau­ti­fully ren­o­vated by the McManus fam­ily who are al­ready pro­mot­ing a ma­jor char­ity Pro-Am at the course in 2020. A 25-minute drive from Shan­non In­ter­na­tional Air­port or 2.5 hours from Dublin Air­port, the 842 acre prop­erty also of­fers fal­conry, archery, clay pi­geon shoot­ing, fly fish­ing, hikes, cy­cling, a state-of-the-art spa and cinema. But we sus­pect the course will be lure enough for most golfers. www.adare­

Pho­to­graph cour­tesy of Adore Manor

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