Where to Stay: Carton House Hotel & Golf Club
Carton House Golf Course
The Montgomerie Course
The Montgomerie Course at Carton House has been no stranger to top-flight competitions since its grand opening in 2003. The Montgomerie and Stan Eby design has been used for the Irish Open and last saw Englishman Paul Casey rewarded with the title in 2013.
This championship golf course was only Colin’s second attempt at course design and modelled the design on several world-class courses worldwide. What remains prevalent is how well he understood bunkering and how the prevailing winds would affect where he placed his hazards.
We must agree Colin has mastered bunker placement at Carton house and makes this course very special.
The inland links-style course is a complete contrast to its slightly elder sister course designed by Mark O’Meara and plays much more like a links course than parkland. Many deep-faced pot bunkers and manufactured undulations where traditional links would seek dunes and natural terrain.
The Montgomerie is a Par 72 golf course that measures 7,301 yards from the blue championship tees, making it one of Ireland’s more desired golf courses.
The O’Meara course was the original Parkland Golf Course at Carton Golf Kildare and measures 7,165 and held a Par 73.
This fantastic parkland course Meanders through woodlands the banks of the River Rye.
And is an entirely contrasting golf course to the Montgomerie.
An excellent course, a dedicated and real test. Brilliant aspects from the tee box, risk and reward par 5’s for long hitters, and some fabulous approach shots.
Shane Lowry believes that the O’Meara Course is correctly set up for major competition and would create an atmosphere to rival the BWM PGA Championship on Wentworth’s west course. It is pointing to the spectacular run of holes that criss-cross the River Rye — the par-three 14th, par-five 15th and par-three 16th.