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

 

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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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Adare Manor: A project different to the norm

This article first appeared in issue 51 of Golf Course Architecture. Original post by Toby Ingleton.

Speak with anyone involved in the renovation of the golf course at Adare Manor and the superlatives will quickly start to flow. You’ll hear awe and wonder in their voices, a first indication that this project is different to the norm.

The original course – designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and opened in 1995 – has been completely overhauled, with an investment in quality that is above and beyond the realms of most ‘ordinary’ golf projects.

Adare Manor is located in the small town of Adare, a 30-minute drive from Limerick, Ireland. The manor itself is an imposing grey limestone-walled gothic-style building, completed in the 1860s for the Earl of Dunraven. It was built as a ‘calendar’ house, with 365 windows, representing days of the year, 52 chimneys, one for each week, and four towers, for the seasons.

It passed through generations of Dunravens until the 1980s, when the burden of upkeep became too great. The property was sold and converted into a resort, the golf course being added a few years later. Continue reading

Strengthening Turfgrass

Turfgrass appoints new Senior Agronomy Consultant

(Wicklow, Ireland) 4th August 2017. Turfgrass, the specialist golf course project management and agronomy company, are pleased to announce its recent appointment of Trevor Norris as Senior Agronomy Consultant. Trevor will be working alongside the Director of Agronomy, Julian Mooney and supporting the Managing Director, John Clarkin on numerous Golf projects across the company’s client portfolio.

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Braemar Golf Partner with Turgrass to Elevate LaLargue

Braemar Golf have teamed up with the industry leading Turfgrass, to assist Golf Club de LaLargue with their vision to elevate their golf course to one of the best conditioned and presented in their region of France and Switzerland.

Golf Club de LaLargue, a Swiss Club but located in the Alsace region of France, have recently appointed a new General Manager, Graham Stewart, and developed a strategic business plan to develop and enhance the club into one of the top clubs in the region and the country. A major part of this is to review and improve the condition and presentation of the golf course.

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Ground has been broken on Henrik Stenson’s first golf course

Golf Course Architect Christian Lundin with Henrik Stenson

Golf Course Architect Christian Lundin (left) with Henrik Stenson

Last summer, Stenson, the Champion Golfer of the Year and winner of the Race to Dubai 2016, announced the beginning of a new era when he formed his own golf course design firm and at the same time signed his first contract in the design business to do a major redesign of Österåker Golf Club outside Stockholm, Sweden.

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Vidauban restoration: 10 years in the making!

Vidauban has now completed its full restoration of the course. The greens have improved dramatically with the percentage of bentgrass now at about 80%. This was helped by a record hot summer with more than 50 days in a row of over 35 degrees Celsius. This, however, did not help with the seeding of the Fescue and MJ Abbott  returned in October to finish the seeding. Continue reading