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