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A 'must play' on the International Cicruit
Our superintendent Scott Marr and his team have undertaken an agronomy program that will rival the best in the World. Scott is committed to providing the best 'Links' playing experience on these shores. The nursery behind the 11th tee is currently being grown in with the various grasses needed to patch worn or tired areas and keep the course looking pristine. The overall yardage has increased from 6911 to 7026 from the back tees. With the constant Atlantic winds buffering the course this added length will test the World's greatest golfers.
The golf course is now one fo the Worlds greatest courses. The genius of Dr. Martin Hawtree must be seen to be believed. Some of the restoration work is dramatic but the majority is very subtle and fair. It is a true testament to the man.
All 18 greens have been reshaped allowing numerous pin positions. The surrounds contain the signature Hawtree hollows and swales which tie into the natural landscape beautifully. Carefully placed mounding cradle each of the greens to give a sense of solitude. The surfaces now have a mix of fescue and bent grasses which will give a much smoother putting experience.
All tee boxes have been rebuilt and placed in a manner that suits the playability of the hole. They are rectangular in shape which provides the golfer easier alignment. Several tees have been added to increase the overall yardage of the course. Some of the new tees have the added advantage of magnificent views across the Atlantic and the countryside of County Clare.
The Ballylusk and gravel pathways have been eliminated and replaced by rye grass. The routing of these new paths have been altered to provide a better flow and a much easier walk. Rye is a tougher strand of grass which will withstand heavier traffic and give a thicker base.
An extensive mounding programme was undertaken during the redesign period. This was done to define and individualise the holes. It was also needed to shape and 'turn' the holes in the correct direction. Marram plants were harvested and successfully sprigged in to the new mounding to give a links feel.
Blindshots and crossings
An important part of Dr. Hawtree's brief was to eliminate the crossings and blindshots where possible. The hills restricting the view on holes number 2 and 13 were carved out to open up the fairway and give the golfers and understanding of what is before them. The new pathways have abolished most of the crossings to provide a safe passage for all.
The driving range has been completely resurfaced and new target greens have been built. A wonderful new pitching and putting area has been created to aid our pursuit in search of perfection.