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Tuesday, 04 July 2006

Course
Opened – 2003
Course Designer – Arnold Palmer
Special Features - Inland’ links style course
General Playability - Fair but tougher in wind
Undulating/Flat - Undulating. The large sloping greens allow for a great variety of pin positions that can change the hole quite considerably.
Treelined/exposed - Not very tree lined
Many / few water hazards - 13 holes have water though it looks like an inland ‘links’ course. The large sloping greens allow for a great variety
Changes to the Course – 100 extra trees planted since 2004

Greens
Type of grass - Penn A-4 Creeping Bent grass
Height of cut - 2.8 mm
Speed/stimp reading – 10.5
Any specific comments – All greens are ‘slopey’ and protected by water or bunkers

Fairways
Type of grass – Ryegrass/Poa Annua
Height of cut – 11 mm
General width and contouring – 28m-32m:Rolling
Any specific comments - None

Tees
Type of grass – L93 Creeping Bent Grass
Height of cut - 8mm

Collars
Type of grass  – L93 Creeping Bent Grass
Height of cut – 8mm

Rough
Type of grass – Ryegrass/Fescue
Height of cut Semi-rough – 30mm
Height of cut Intermediate – 60mm
Height of cut Rough - 95mm
Any specific comments – None

Weather
In advance – Cloudy & mainly dry
Forecast for Tournament - Unsettled. Cooler at weekend

Other Features
There is an artificial rock feature on the 7th hole featuring five waterfalls costing over €2 million  to construct. This course is located across the Liffey River from The Palmer course which will host this years Ryder Cup.

- (Note: The Palmer Course and The Smurfit Course are the courses of the K Club)

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