dlr County Council tee off with Padraig Harrington

Council works with world renowned golfer to create 3000sqm putting course at Marlay Pk
Three time major winner’s Charitable Foundation to fund build of dlr putting course
Publicly accessible & family focused setting to bring golf to a new generation
Planned opening Spring 2022

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council are delighted to work with Padraig Harrington and his team on the development of this innovative facility in Marlay Park. It is being designed and built to be publicly accessible within the Park and will greatly add to the amenities already available. It is located at the site of the original Marlay Playground, surrounded by mature hedging and trees, and will be easily accessed from all parts of the Park.

It has been designed and built in as sustainable a manner as possible, using materials already available within the Park and locally. This facility will help open up the game of golf to people of all ages and backgrounds, introducing a whole new generation to the sport, and above all, making it a fun and entertaining experience for families and friends.

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A perfect match: Ryder Cup cannot come soon enough for Adare Manor

With the 2021 Ryder Cup front and centre this week, Adare’s hosting of the event in 2027 is a hot topic right now, writes Kevin Markham.

Panorama of the 18th green and hole at Adare. Picture: Kevin Markham.

MON, 20 SEP, 2021 – 06:00 KEVIN MARKHAM


Every two years, around this time in September, the focus in world golf turns to the Ryder Cup. It raises temperatures in the ‘us versus them’ biennial contest and has advertisers, sponsors and viewers salivating

Inevitably, the course hosting the tournament is discussed in terms of which team it suits best, whether it is a good enough test and how it will look to such a vast global audience.

This month’s Ryder Cup may be in Wisconsin, but as we count down the final days conversations in Ireland will undoubtedly turn to Limerick. Adare was chosen to host the 2027 Ryder Cup in July 2019, a little more than a year after the Fazio redesign was presented to the world. That is some accomplishment. The condition of the course from the outset was phenomenal – well beyond anything else in Ireland — and the general boast (perhaps by the Adare team and certainly from Irish golfers) was that the course could have hosted the Ryder Cup on the spot.

That is how impressive the course and the set-up was… and remains. In truth, though, every single thing about the Adare resort is impressive. The experience takes you beyond anything else you’ve encountered — no matter who you are.

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Meet the golf manager: Dean Muir

Credit: Meet the golf manager: Dean Muir | Greenkeeping Magazine (greenkeepingeu.com)

Dean Muir

Dean, from The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links on the Scottish island of Islay, talks about the major changes the iconic course has gone through in the last six years, including installing its first-ever irrigation system as well as 40 bunkers.

The Machrie is a Willie Campbell designed (and redesigned by DJ Russell and reopened in 2018) iconic links stretching to over 7,000 yards that dates back to 1891, which regularly features in top 20 lists for the best golf courses in Scotland.

The terrain is set on dunelands bordering on Laggan Bay, and it offers Hebridean views of the Atlantic, the peaks of Beinn Bheigeir and the Paps of Jura. The venue is one of the main tourist attractions for the whole island of Islay.

We speak to its golf manager, Dean Muir, about the maintenance of this stunning facility.

Hello Dean, what was your path to greenkeeping and how long have you now been at The Machrie Links?

I began my greenkeeping career by attending Oatridge College doing a full-time course in greenkeeping. Once finished I gained employment as a member of the greenkeeping team at Gullane Golf Club. I then moved on to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield where I was a greenkeeper for eight years then the deputy course manager for nine years. I completed my HNC in sports turf management through Elmwood College distance learning.

I have now been employed at The Machrie Links for seven years.

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Assistant Superintendent Vacancy

We have an exciting opportunity at an exceptional private golf facility in Rosenallis, Co. Laois. Designed by world renowned golf course architect Ron Kirby, this facility boasts pure distinction creeping bentgrass greens and fescue run offs. This unique property receives very few rounds of golf annually enabling ultra-high-end presentation and attention to detail.

The facility embraces the latest technological developments using tools such as Turf Assistant and POGO, the latest Rain Bird irrigation system and has a modern fleet of Toro golf course equipment. It embraces the latest agronomic trends and Integrated Pest Management, making it an ideal facility for an aspiring turf manager.

The role will provide opportunities to learn and develop all the skills and knowledge necessary for career progression and fulfil those aspirations which we are sure the successful candidate will have.

The successful candidate will be rewarded with a competitive salary along with benefits. 

Start date is Autumn 2021.

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2022 Arnold Palmer Cup Host Announced

Golf Club de Geneva

Credit: https://www.arnoldpalmercup.com/

BAY HILL, ORLANDO, FL (June 23, 2021) — With 25 years of history behind it, the Arnold Palmer Cup comes to Golf Club de Genève from July 1–3, 2022 for the first time, bringing the world’s best collegiate golfers to Switzerland’s premiere golf destination. Co-ed since 2018, the annual Ryder Cup-style competition sees men and women from the United States playing side-by-side against their International counterparts on some of the world’s most storied courses.

“Golf Club de Genève’s beautiful setting, top conditions, and long history of supporting amateur golf makes it the perfect host for the 2022 Arnold Palmer Cup,” said Amy Palmer Saunders, chair of the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation. “We’re honored to be celebrating the Club’s 100th anniversary with its membership in 2022.”

Founded in 1922, Golf Club de Genève features a course designed in 1973 by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and fully renovated by his son Robert Trent Jones, Jr. in 2018. A par 72 that plays to 6,821 yards, the course offers views of the city, Lake Geneva, the iconic Mont Blanc and the surrounding Alps. Since 1989 this inspiring setting has hosted the Challenge Tour’s Rolex Trophy, a prize won by three Palmer Cup alumni: Alex Norén, Nacho Elvira, and Pedro Oriol. The Club also hosted the 1975 European Junior Championship, the 1982 Espirito Santo Trophy, and several Swiss International matches.

Partnering the event since 2018, Rolex has been a long-term supporter of golf with the brand’s enduring relationship beginning more than 50 years ago, in 1967, when Arnold Palmer, joined by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, became the brand’s first golfing Testimonees. Since then, the affiliation to the game has grown and flourished, with the Arnold Palmer Cup marking an important part of the brand’s mission to support every level of the game worldwide.

Commenting on the relationship, Arnaud Boestch, Communication & Image Director, Rolex SA , said, “Rolex is delighted to support the Arnold Palmer Cup with this prestigious event hosted in Switzerland for the first time, at the Golf Club de Genève. Rolex’s support for the game is built on a strong sense of integrity and respect for tradition and The Arnold Palmer Cup embodies these values in supporting the very best collegiate golfers and the next generation of talent.”

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Turfgrass®, an Irish based Golf Development Company with projects across the globe, is looking to hire an Assistant Agronomist to join their growing team. 

We are seeking a dynamic, eager to learn individual, with a third level degree in Horticulture or Turfgrass Science, with excellent organisational skills who can provide support to the Agronomic team both in the office and out in the field. 

The successful candidate will be working in a multi project environment, alongside and supporting the Agronomic team with their exciting projects, while reporting directly to the Director of Agronomy.

This role will deliver hands on experience, working on some of the best golf courses in the world, putting into practice all the theories and skills acquired. 

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EDINBURGH, UK AND DUBLIN, IRELAND (22.06.2021) – Turfgrass®, golf course consultants will join DPSM Consultants, an international executive search firm focused within the golf industry, to launch a new search service aimed to place leading Superintendents/Course Managers into high-end golf facilities throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Since being founded in 2016, DPSM has been providing the golf industry with executive search services for senior appointments. With this new collaboration with Turfgrass, DPSM is extending its offerings to the agronomy side of the golf industry.

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We have a leadership opportunity for an aspiring turf manager at an ultra-high specification private golf training facility in Geneva.  The successful candidate will be rewarded with an extremely attractive salary along with multiple benefits.  

Qualifications & Experience required:

  • Qualification in Turfgrass Management
  • Spraying certificates
  • Good working knowledge of fine turf machinery and automatic irrigation systems combined with the repair and maintenance of associated parts
  • The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate high levels of management skills, communication and leadership within their role
  • Experience of Tournament preparation
  • Previous experience as an Assistant Superintendent or Deputy Head Greenkeeper is desirable

Key responsibilities:

  • Execute the care and maintenance of the golf academy and tennis court to the highest international standards
  • Assist in planning, organisation and direction of the agronomy programme.
  • Planning and allocation of work to other greens staff
  • To keep abreast of modern advances in materials, methods and technology of greenkeeping.
  • Maintaining and promoting healthy and safe working practices
  • Such other duties as may be assigned from time to time which are of a comparable level of responsibility and conform to the general character of the post
  • Reporting to the Head Gardener, General Manager and Turfgrass on a weekly basis.
  • Prepare and maintain machinery
  • Ability to understand and prepare budgets
  • Manager the operation of SubAir, Soil Scout and a modern fleet of TORO equipment
  • Reporting to the General Manager on a weekly basis


Posted date: 11th June 2021

Closing: 25th June 2021

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

All interested applicants should apply via email to include a cover letter and detailed CV to juliette@turfgrass.ie


We have an exciting opportunity for an aspiring turf professional at an ultra-high specification private golf training facility in Geneva. The successful candidate will be rewarded with an extremely attractive salary along with benefits.  

Qualifications & Experience required:

  • NVQ2 Level 2 Sports Turf Management or equivalent
  • PA1, PA2 & PA6A Spraying certificates are preferred but not essential
  • Good working knowledge of fine turf machinery and automatic irrigation systems combined with the repair and maintenance of associated parts

Key responsibilities:

  • Mowing
  • Course set up
  • Spraying
  • Fertilising
  • Topdressing
  • Mechanical maintenance (hollow tining, verticutting etc)
  • Overseeding
  • Raking of bunkers
  • Irrigation
  • SubAir & Soil Scout use and maintenance
  • Prepare and maintain machinery
  • Reporting to the Head Greenkeeper and General Manager on a weekly basis.


All interested applicants should apply via email to include a cover letter and detailed CV to juliette@turfgrass.ie

Posted date: 11th June 2021

Closing: 25th June 2021

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

The San Roque Club & Turfgrass® Invites applications for the position of Director of Agronomy

The San Roque Club was established in 1991 and boasts two fantastic championship golf courses. The Old is the most famous of the two, hosting 13 European tour School finals from 1993 to 2006 plus the Spanish Open in 2005.

The New course was also part of the tour school and hosted the 2006  Spainish Open.

The San Roque Club is steeped in history, most notable is the relationship of the late great Severiano Ballesteros had with the club and the influence he had with the previous oweners and the fact in 1997, the club was the official accommodation of the two Ryder Cup teams.

However, it is the future that is the most exciting, with the new owners and a big investment into the renovation of the Old course, golf academy, and clubhouse, the San Roque Club is set to be, once again one of the best golf facilities in Europe.

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