JP McManus ProAm 2020

Paul McGinley, Rory McIlroy, JP McManus, Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry after the round of golf 20/4/2018The golf course at Adare Manor officially reopened last week, marking the final stage in the redevelopment of the Adare Manor estate after it was purchased by the McManus family.  The course closed in late 2015, and soon after world renowned designer Tom Fazio was commissioned to oversee the redevelopment of the course.  Over two years later the property has been transformed, and has been christened “parkland perfection” by one tour professional.  In typical McManus fashion, he staged an exhibition match to officially launch the course and the 2020 Pro Am.  And even more typical the match was comprised of golfers who have won seven majors, three Continue reading

Adare now a very special course

Rory McIlroy pictured playing onto the green 20/4/2018Many Cork people will be familiar with Adare.  A large proportion of Cork golfers will have played the course, and many more will have visited when it hosted the Irish Open or the JP McManus ProAm.  On the redesigned course, every tee box and green remain are effectively the same place.  While the order of the holes and general layout 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 of the fairways have been sand-capped for the driest playing conditions.  All of the numbers in Adare are astounding.  Over 180,000 tonnes of sand were brought in to improve playability and redefine the course.  On top of that 77 new tee boxes were constructed stretching the course from 5,120 metres on the red tees, to a massive 7,509 metres off the Gold championship tees.  While there are four measured course lengths on the card, greenkeepers have plenty of choices in setting up the course for any Continue reading