Friday April 20 saw golfing stars Rory McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowrywill cut the ribbon at The Golf Course at Adare Manor by hitting the inaugural tee shots of the wholly-reconstructed Tom Fazio design while competing in a €500,000 charity match.
McIlroy and McGinley faced off against Lowry and Harrington, with each pair returning a four-ball better ball strokeplay total of four-under-par 68. The match was witnessed by 1,500 spectators and marked the official opening of the new course. As a result of their joint success, each pair will donate €250,000 to their chosen charities, including The Rory Foundation, The McGinley Foundation, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and the Padraig Harrington Charitable Foundation.
Commenting on the new course, McIlroy said, “The golf course is absolutely incredible. With the weather we’ve had for the last few months, to have a course presented like this is phenomenal, so that’s credit to all of the work of the greens staff over the winter. It was a fantastic day.”
Following a two-year reconstruction commissioned by the ownership of the Adare Manor resort, the McManus family, The Golf Course at Adare Manor is now open to the golfing world. In bringing to life the 7,509-yard championship layout using practices and products like no other in history, the Fazio Design team has established a course capable of hosting the world’s most prestigious golfing events.
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