Carton Montgomerie Maynooth, County Kildare

Located at Carton House, Maynooth, just 30 minutes drive from Dublins city centre, is one of Irelands greatest estates, comprising of a superbly preserved historic mansion house surrounded by over 1,100 acres of mature parkland. In July 2003, a second championship course, designed by former European number one, Colin Montgomerie, opened for play. Quite different yet complimentary to the OMeara course, on the higher ground overlooked by Tyrconnell Tower, this inland links style course, features penal and strategically placed bunkers, run-offs into cavernous swales and incredible contouring on and around the greens. On Montgomeries visit to Carton in April 2003, he said In designing this course, I attempted to go back to a more traditional course. My philosophy was, lets go back, but lets make it different, and that is what we have achieved. Im very proud of this course. Its unique and quite simply, superb. The greens are better than anything Ive seen anywhere and its such a links-style that you expect to see the sea over the wall of the estate, but its not there. The Montgomerie course demands precision you need guile, skill and bravado to conquer it. A visual and sensual journey of demanding but highly pleasurable golf awaits the visitor.

Facilities at this golf club
Address: Maynooth, County Kildare
Region: East
Founded: 2002
Course Architect: Colin Montgomerie
Course Type: Inland Links
Par: 72
Length: 6,821 yards
Pro Shop: Yes
Carts: Yes
Caddies: By request
Pull Trollies: Yes
Catering: Bar and Restaurant
Major Events: Irish Open in 2005 and 2006. Irish Amateur Open in 2004
Practice Facilities: Driving Range, short game and putting green
Guest Locker Rooms: Yes