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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
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
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 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
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
- 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.