26 July 2011. www.golfcoursearchitecture.net
July 25th, 2011 by John Strawn
When Rory McIlroy was still an amateur, he visited Padraig Harrington’s house in suburban Dublin, where he eyed the Claret Jug. “I’d really like to have one of those.”
Turfgrass Consultancy are the Project Consultants and Agronomists to Evian Golf Club.
The Evian Masters presented by Société Générale, which is already a major on the Ladies European Tour schedule, will become a major championship on the LPGA from 2013 and will be renamed: ‘The Evian’.
Entirely in keeping with his status as championship favourite, Rory McIlroy has been preparing for Royal St George’s the Nicklaus way. But the 22-year-old won’t want to replicate the Bear’s performances at his least favourite Open venue, where the great man carded a career-worst 83 and later missed two cuts.
On a comfortably cool November night in 2007, I happened to be present when Hubert Green was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. “There,” I suggested mischievously, “isn’t it nice to be finally rewarded for winning the Irish Open 30 years ago.” This, to a player who also happened to have won the 1977 U.S. Open and the 1985 PGA Championship.
Rory McIlroy with the U.S. Open Trophy pictured with Turfgrass Consultancy’s John Clarkin and with onsite Academy Manager Barry Kavanagh & his Assistant Manager Niall Kerr.
Huge congratulations to Rory McIlroy on his incredible U.S. Open win yesterday at Congressional. It was a fantastic achievement and the manor in which he won by playing amazing golf from start to finish during the tournament was spectacular.
Well done Rory from all in Turfgrass Consultancy!
Whilst Rory is battling away at the U.S. Open in Congressional, back home at his academy our boys have reduced the height of cut to 3mm on the Bentgrass greens. They are now stimping at 9 feet and the Poa Annua greens at 9 1/2 feet.
Despite increasingly desperate advertisements for green fees at knock-down prices, the news from the Irish golf industry is not all grim. In fact, decidedly upbeat stories right now include a small, specialist company which has doubled its workforce in the last 18 months, largely in response to international demands for its expertise.