Venue Info

Venue             Promoter
Carton House
Maynooth
Co. Kildare
Republic of Ireland

Website: www.cartonhouse.com

Website: www.irishopen.ie
            Antonia Beggs
Championship Director
The European Tour
Wentworth Drive
Virginia Water
Surrey
GU25 4LX
England
Tel: + 44 (0)1344 840 400
Fax: +44 (0)1344 840 500
Email: abeggs@europeantour.com

Contractor Information

Kit Gartrell
The European Tour
Wentworth Drive
Virginia Water
Surrey
GU25 4LX
England
Tel: + 44 (0) 1344 840530
Fax: +44 (0) 1344 840500
Email: kgartrell@europeantour.com

Event Exhibition

Darrell O’Hora
The European Tour
Wentworth Drive
Virginia Water
Surrey
GU25 4LX
England
Tel: + 44 (0) 1344 840567
Fax: +44 (0) 1344 840500
Email: dohora@europeantour.com

Marshal Information

Chiefmarshall@cartonhouse.com

Course Info

Get the inside track on the Montgomerie Course layout at Carton House GC with this interactive course guide voiced by Irish broadcaster Shane O'Donoghue - please click here.

Greens
Type of grass - Creeping Bent grass A1 / A4
Height of cut - 3mm
Seed / stimpmeter reading - expected to be 10'6 - 11'
Any specific comments - greens have considerable slopes and feed off into very deep bunkers, very precise approach shots will be required to hold many of the greens, and speed will be controlled to accommodate potential high winds

Fairways
Type of grass - Ryegrass / Fescue
Height of cut - 10mm
General width and contouring - average width
Any specific comments - not many straight tee shots and a lot of holes will require very precise direction off the tee or ideally the tee shots shaped to match the direction of the fairway

Tees / collars
Type of grass - Ryegrass / Bent / Fescue
Height of cut - 8mm
Any specific comments - due to a new spectator bridge the first hole will be played from the white tee

Rough
Type of grass - Rye grass
Height of cut - semi 1.8m wide at 30mm, intermediate 1.8m wide at 64mm, rough maintained at 75mm, was last topped on Friday last week, and won't be cut again

Weather
Weather in advance - warm and dry for the last 2-3 weeks
Forecast for tournament - generally dry with a chance of some showers with winds increasing as the week goes on

Course
Opened - August 2003
Course designer - Colin Montgomerie in association with Stan Eby of European Golf Design
Special features - the course is acclaimed as an inland links with very deep bunkers
General playability - the course is known to be quite tough and with any kind of a wind will present a seriously stern challenge, as greens are firm, fast and designed to feed poor shots into very protective and deep greenside bunkering
Undulating / flat - quite undulating
Tree lined / exposed - exposed
Many / few water hazards - in play on 1, 17 and 18
Changes to the course - no changes from the last Irish Open played at Carton House in 2006

Other features
- The course sits on the Carton House estate which also has the O’Meara Course. Carton House was built in 1739 by the Earl of Kildare and the 1100 acre estate is surrounded by a 5.5 mile wall. The river Rye stretches through the estate for 1.5 miles and 70,000 salmon smelts were released into the river.  80,000 hardwood trees have been planted on the perimeters of the estate as part of an ongoing woodland regeneration programme. The Golfing Union of Ireland have set up their base here with a wonderful purpose built academy and range. Famous inhabitants at Carton have included Grace Kelly, Peter Sellers and Marian Faithful, the 60’s Rock Icon made her home in the Shell Cottage for seven years.
- The estate sits over 2 counties: Kildare and Meath. The Estate is currently owned and managed by the Mallaghan family who bought it in 1977.
- Carton House Hotel was opened in July 2006.

Card of Course

Montgomerie Course, Carton House GC


HoleParYardsMetres HoleParYardsMetres
14456417 104465425
24414379 114477436
33220201 123210192
45605553 134338309
54474433 144408373
64394360 155554507
73192176 164462422
85552505 173176161
94391358 185513469
Out3636983382 In3636033294
7273016676


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Montgomerie Course, Carton House GC
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HoleParYardsHoleParYards
14456
24414
33220
45605
54474
64394
73192
85552
94391
104465
114477
123210
134338
144408
155554
164462
173176
185513
Out363698In363603
Tot727301

Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1CASEY, PaulENG18-14
T2ROCK, RobertENG18-11
T2LUITEN, JoostNED18-11
4LARRAZÁBAL, PabloESP18-9
T5LOWRY, ShaneIRL18-8
T5SHAW, GarethNIR18-8

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