Building a Golf Course. Beyond Everything

 

Turfgrass, golf course specialist, highlight some key features of the rebuild, renovation and maintenance of The Golf Course at Adare Manor, Ireland, in anticipation of the Ryder Cup in 7 years.

26th September 2019 –  The substantial brief that was handed to the golf designer Tom Fazio and all the consultants involved in the remodelling and rebuild of The Golf Course at Adare Manor, Co. Limerick, Ireland, was to build a Golf Course, “beyond everything”. JP McManus’s bold and daring vision has resulted in this prestigious golf course now being awarded the 2026 Ryder Cup.

Turfgrass, was enlisted as the agronomy, course specifications and construction management experts on this imposing project back in 2015. They have been working closely with the Adare Manor team, Fazio Design and Atlantic Golf Construction on all areas of the design to deliver a masterpiece golf course worthy of such an illustrious golf tournament.

Golf Course Superintendent, Alan MacDonnell confirms, “John and Julian became our Agronomists in 2015 to assist with all aspects of the construction, the specification of materials, the sourcing of materials, the ‘grow in’ and the development of the course. They have really become trusted colleagues and friends of Adare Manor and we are very thankful for their involvement in helping us produce the quality befitting Tom Fazio’s design.” Continue reading

Turfgrass appointed as Official Supplier of Agronomy to The 2019 Solheim Cup for the fourth time

Turfgrass, a world leading golf course consultancy company that specialise in golf course project management and agronomy, is delighted to be re-appointed as the official supplier of agronomy to the 16th edition of The Solheim Cup, which will be hosted at the world-famous PGA Centenary Course, Gleneagles, from September 9th – 15th, 2019.

Turfgrass have provided an invaluable and highly effective service as the official agronomists to the European hosting of The Solheim Cup for the past 12 years with the successful delivery of The 2007 Solheim Cup, Halmstad, Sweden, The 2011 Solheim Cup, Killeen Castle, Ireland and The 2015 Solheim Cup, St. Leon-Rot, Germany.

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Adare Manor masterpiece to deliver epic playground for Ryder Cup stars

Second staging of showpiece a sign of how far we’ve come, writes Dermot Gilleece

independent.ie | 28 July 2019 2:30 AM | Dermot Gilleece

Premiere Irish Golf Resort in Adare, County Limerick, Ireland

When set against the challenge of landing Tiger Woods for three pro- am events, each 8ve years apart, securing the Ryder Cup seemed a modest objective. Which is probably why it is no surprise that the 2026 biennial showpiece is going to Adare Manor.

Ireland’s second staging of the event is down to the enterprise of JP McManus, who invested in the venue specially with this grand prize in mind. And he is set to deliver the elite players from Europe and the US a very special playground.

“It will be the best conditioned golf course in my experience of this event,” said John Clarkin, managing director of the Irish company, Turfgrass, who are retained as Adare’s agronomists. “All the infrastructure for a successful staging is already in place.” Continue reading

Turfgrass are delighted that Ireland’s Adare Manor has been awarded the 2026 Ryder Cup

We were enlisted as the agronomy, course specifications and construction management experts on this remodel and rebuild of the Golf Course back in 2015 and have been working closely ever since with the Adare Manor team on all aspects of the design and build to deliver a masterpiece golf course worthy of such an illustrious golf tournament.

Adare Manor is a purpose built golf course. Both the design and construction of the course were specifically aimed at producing  a challenging yet memorable playing experience for golfers of every level and most importantly to attract premiere professional and amateur golf events.

With this objective achieved, we will be meticulously  working alongside the passionate and devoted team of greenkeepers led by Alan MacDonnell, to ensure that Adare Manor provides an unforgettable and captivating Ryder Cup in 7 years time.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this amazing Golf Course.

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Maintaining Southeast Asia’s first proper links

 

A brand-new Vietnam golf course is betting on Zeon zoysiagrass — and a skilled superintendent — to deliver firm and fast conditions in the tropical environment.

GCM June 19, 2019 | Hal Phillips

Superintendent Rob Weiks has been looking after golf courses in the tropical maelstrom of Vietnam since 2010. Throughout the course of his career, growing-in five courses and tending separately to half a dozen finished tracks, the native Australian has dealt extensively with the two warm-season grasses traditionally used in Southeast Asia: the various modern strains of bermudagrass and paspalum.

“I was actually sort of seen as a paspalum specialist,” says Weiks. “I was at Van Tri Golf Club in Hanoi — that was paspalum, Sea Isle 2000 and Salam. I went to Star Golf, which was all bermuda. Then I went and did some cool-season stuff. But then I did the grow-in at Saigon Golf Club with paspalum, and bermuda greens. I got that job because of my experience at Van Tri. When the Saigon GC job dissolved, I got the job at Twin Doves (Golf Club), which was all Platinum paspalum.” Continue reading

Adare Manor named world’s best hotel for 2018

AWARDS KEEP COMING FOR ADARE MANOR AFTER ‘HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2018’ WIN AT THE VIRTUOSO ‘BEST OF THE BEST AWARDS’

-Ireland’s 5* castle and golf resort receives global recognition at world’s biggest luxury travel trade show-

Limerick, Ireland (Thursday, 16th August 2018) – 5* hotel and golf resort, Adare Manor, has been declared ‘Hotel of the Year 2018’ in the highly competitive and globally renowned Virtuoso ‘Best of the Best Awards 2018’.

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Tom Fazio discusses his firm’s work at Adare Manor

By Toby Ingleton, Thu 08 Feb, 2018

This article first appeared in issue 51 of Golf Course Architecture.

What do you consider to be the most significant features of this project?

Adare Manor has always been a great fun place to stay and enjoy Irish hospitality with a beautiful setting along the River Maigue. The challenge was to create a course that tourists would want to play on a golf trip to Ireland, which is known for oceanfront, windswept links golf. To accomplish this task on an inland site which is definitely not links, we went the other way and created a strategic, park-style championship venue that will be meticulously manicured. Most golfers will have never seen anything like this course. It is unique and special, with its own very distinctive Irish vegetation and wildlife. Through extensive redesign and shaping of every hole and installing 135 acres of drained, sand-capped, fast and firm, low cut turf, wall to wall, this golf course looks and plays like no other course in Ireland.

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