Set on 840 lush acres of the Adare Manor Estate, Adare Golf Club was designed by legendary golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones Sr. and offers a magnificent parkland layout. From his first perception of Adare Manor as having all the flavour of Augusta National, he has created a true masterpiece and one of the leading parkland golf courses in Ireland.
The Adare Manor Estate has a long history but was purchased in 1987 by the Kane family of Palm Beach Gardens in Florida. Major work on the Manor ensued and the golf course opened for play in August 1995. Measuring over 7,000 yards from the championship tees, Adare Golf Club is an American styled course, with rock walled streams, subtly undulating greens and Jones' signature cloverleaf bunkers. A 14 acre lake dominates the outward nine holes while the River Maigue meanders its way through a densely wooded back nine. Its testing design and manicured greens have already assured Adare Golf Club's position as one of the finest Irish inland golf courses.
Water comes into play at ten holes, including the opening two, which are menaced by a meandering little stream waiting to punish wayward approach shots. This is nothing however, compared to the huge lake, which anchors the front nine holes. It cleverly protects the right hand side of the par 5, 7th where the fun is in cutting off as much as the hazard as possible without actually entering a watery grave. And so it continues every hole is a worthy challenge.
The closing stretch at Adare is particularly challenging. Precision is essential on the relatively short par 4, 15th, while on the short 16th, you are confronted with a lake between the tee box and green, located some 170 yards away. The 17th is a superb hole, which requires a threaded drive through mature trees. Trent Jones sees the closing hole at Adare as one of the finest finishing holes in golf a potential birdie hole and card wrecker at the same time. At 510 yards in length, two well hit shots to the fairway will leave a tantalizing pitch to a narrow green. For those who fancy getting home in two, remember it's a potential card wrecker.
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In 1932 the club affiliated to the Golfing Union of Ireland and so the foundations of the current club were formed.
Even as a 9 hole course Adare Manor Golf Club had many successes, principally the winning of the All-Ireland Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 1985. It also produced one the most accomplished Irish amateur golfers in Jackie Harrington. Jackie was capped many times for Ireland but his finest hour came when he won the Irish Close Championship at Ballybunion in 1979.
In 1992 the current 18 hole course, designed by Eddie Hackett, was opened and in the year 2000 the club celebrated it's centenary. It was indeed fitting that the present Earl of Dunraven was President of the club for the centenary year. A 5,000 year old bog oak sculpture was erected at the back of the 18th green to commemorate this special occasion and a time capsule was buried at it's base. This capsule is to be resurrected in the year 2050.
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