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Adare Manor Golf Clubs

Adare, County Limerick, Central Ireland

Two courses with the same name & location, but with very different personalities.

 

THE ADARE MANOR HOTEL AND GOLF RESORT COURSE IS A ROBERT TRENT JONES DESIGN
BUILT AROUND THE CASTLE HOTEL AND ALONG THE RIVER MAIGUE. THE COURSE
IS CONSISTENTLY RANKED AMONG THE TOP INLAND COURSES IN IRELAND.
Photo courtesy Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort

          We confess to being less-than-enthusiastic about most self-styled "golf resorts" listed in this guide. The term often has more to do with luxury activities that occur in dining rooms, spas, and "wellness" centers than the luxury of playing an intimidating game under the duress of the sometimes cruel conditions of a close-to-natural, anything-but-level playing field. Call us old-fashioned: Old Testament old-fashioned. We appreciate that Job was likely a golfer: long-suffering but not-quite-beaten, awestruck by the imposing unfairness of it all, at once ascetic and resigned, but amazed by the discoveries of the compelling journey around the course, nourished by the thinnest hopes encountered, buoyed by the sudden, emerging beauty of stark, natural landscapes, resuscitated by the camaraderie inside even the rudest clubhouses. "Golf resorts" endeavor to remove the sting from this most scorpion-like of games, to rescue one from foul weather, provide escape from perdition, even to sanitize nature. All for a price. And this is the thing: money provides a fine prophylactic film between the real and the virtual. And, in modern times, the challenge for many of us is finding ways to safely experience the virtual while avoiding the risks of the real.

          My good friend — a wise man despite being a passionate golfer — once told me no one cares about your golf game but you. For me, the game is unreal enough. Playing it in a largely artificial setting only displaces any meaning golf may have, making it more an enlargement of mini-golf than a pointed walking tour through a challenging natural setting. Resort courses ensure that not even you care about your golf game.

          So different are their styles — and their appeal — that only rarely do we have the chance to choose between a "resort course" and a "natural course" in one location. But in Adare, Central Ireland — itself less real Ireland and more an English romantic vision of what Victorian Ireland could be (see our ADARE page) — an international golf resort has grown up just south of an 18-hole local course of a very different character.
          The Robert Trent Jones designed course at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort attracts visitors from around the world to stay at it opulent "castle" hotel or in its village of self-catering lodges. Golf is a focus, of course. The course is highly ranked on annual lists of Irish "parkland" (non-coastal) golf courses. The Irish Open was played here in 2007 and 2008. (Dubliner Padraig Harrington won the 2007 tourney. It proved a footnote in a great two-year stretch in which he won three majors: the British Open in 2007 and 2008 and the PGA Championship in 2008.) Tiger Woods played here, too, in 2010 as a warm-up to the British Open at a contrived JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am, a one-time affair designed to promote the newly-refurbished Adare Manor resort, where one can play where Tiger (and Rory, and Padraig, and Darren Clarke have all played) and have a wedding, undergo beauty treatments in the elaborate spa, hunt foxes, shoot skeet, rent classic cars, learn falconry, ride horses or bikes or hot air balloons, taste whiskey, have a picnic, try archery, or fish for trout in the River Maigue.
          Across the River Maigue about two drivers' lengths north of the resort is the town's other Adare Manor Golf Club. The original 9-hole Adare Manor course was built in 1900 on the the expansive estate of the 4th Earl of Dunraven, noted sportsman and advocate of Irish independence. In 1992 the club hired Eddie Hackett, arguably Ireland's great course architect and noted minimalist designer, to redo the Adare course into its current 18-hole layout winding through the trees, along the river, and around such unusual natural features as an ancient graveyard, the ruins of the 13th century Desmond Castle, and the ruins of a 15th century Franciscan Abbey.
         The two courses, in places easily seen from each other, are a study of contrasts on similar tracts: grand vs. eclectic, expensive vs. inexpensive, international vs. local, multi-purpose vs. golf-only, long vs. short, artificially-landscaped vs. minimally-altered. Friendly people doubtless populate both courses and clubs. Pleasant experiences are likely at both locations. You may meet some Irish and gain a sense of the satisfying culture of Irish golf at the grand hotel resort course. You are guaranteed to meet the Irish at Adare Manor (local) Golf Club. You will certainly come away satisfied.


Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort Course

 

THE ADARE MANOR HOTEL AND GOLF RESORT COURSE features numerous water hazards. Several holes line the banks of THE RIVER MAIGUE. the robert trent jones
design added THREE SMALL LAKES to the otherwise dry landscape.
Photo courtesy Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort

 
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          Without a doubt, Ireland has been bitten by the American Golf Resort bug. There must be an Irish growth market for lavish hotel facilities

coupled with designer golf courses. That would explain the development in recent years of 1991’s Arnold Palmer-designed parkland K Club course in County Kildare, and the Robert Trent Jones 1995 parkland Adare Manor Golf Club in County Limerick.
          With their luxury resort environment, activities for golfers and non-golfers alike, five-star restaurants and hotels, and deluxe gated condominiums, it’s clear who the target duffers are for such courses — the only Irish accents you may hear will be spoken by staff and caddies.
          Adare Manor Golf Club belongs to the five-star Adare Manor Hotel and aspires to be one of the finest inland courses in Ireland. In a country where the great courses have all been coastal, the building of great inland courses must be viewed as the Americanization of Irish golf.

 

ADARE MANOR HOTEL, CONSTRUCTED 1832-62. CONVERTED TO A LUXURY HOTEL AFTER BEING PURCHASED BY AMERICAN BUSINESSMAN TOM KANE FROM THE 7TH EARL OF DUNRAVEN
IN THE 1980
s. IN THE ENSUING DECADES THE HOTEL AND ITS RESORT GOLF COURSE HAVE
HOSTED INTERNATIONAL LUMINARIES INCLUDING BILL CLINTON AND TIGER WOODS.
Photo courtesy Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort

          Unlike many of Ireland’s coastal links courses, Adare Manor is long (7,453 yards, although there are three progressively shorter alternate tee-boxes per hole), wooded, and involves water (3 lakes and the River Maigue) in the play of several holes. So American is Robert Trent Jones’s design that the architect claims to have attempted to give Adare Manor "the flavor of Augusta National."
          But Augusta National, for all its rich history and formality, provides nothing like Adare Manor’s ancient, noble surroundings. The estate of which Adare Manor Golf Club is a part is the centuries-old former demesne of the Earls of Dunraven. Scattered around its 800+ acres are the ruins of a fourteenth Augustinian Priory, a fifteenth century Franciscan friary, and a twelfth century castle. The estate’s manor house, dating from 1862, has been converted into the 5-star hotel. The whole conversion project began with the 1987 purchase of the Adare Manor estate by the Kane family of Florida. Accommodations on the estate include 62 total bedrooms in the manor house, and the estate's outlying villas and townhouses.

          Adare Manor’s restaurant features Irish cuisine and an extensive wine cellar. And there are services aplenty at Adare Manor, almost from A-to-Z: archery, aromatherapy, bicycles, clay pigeon shooting, classic car rental, driving range, falconry, fishing, gymnasium, horse riding, indoor swimming pool, massage therapy, mountain bikes, reflexology, rowing machine, sauna, stair climber, stationary cycle, treadmills, weights, and, of course, elaborate weddings. All this starting at the minimum of $296.00 per person per night (double occupancy; breakfast included; check for money-saving special offers).

 

THE COURSE AT THE ADARE MANOR HOTEL & GOLF RESORT IS LONG, WOODED, AND WATERED.
FROM THE BLUE TEES THE COURSE IS A CONSIDERABLE CHALLENGE. THREE OTHER SHORTER
TEE PLACEMENTS MITIGATE THE CHALLENGE FOR LESS-PROFICIENT GOLFERS.
Photo courtesy Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort

          Oh yes, the golf. The course, exclusive of the manor house and resort, is neither overblown nor an afterthought. It presents an interesting mix of holes through the trees and around the three lakes. The course is a typical Robert Trent Jones design, with large contoured greens, lots of doglegs, and large, deep bunkers. The back nine includes several of the better holes: the 230-yard 11th (par 3 over a lake to a huge, narrow green), the 551-yard wooded, uphill, dogleg 12th, the short (378 yards), par 4 15th with the River Maigue defining the right side play limits, the 16th (a 167-yard par 3 also over a lake), and the par 5 18th, Adare’s signature hole, 548 yards straight back to the manor. Although the course has a distinct resort flavor about it, Adare Manor can be demanding when played from any of the tees.

LENGTH & PAR: 
  Adare Manor Resort Course:

 
• Blue Tees: Par 72, 7,453 yards
 • White Tees: Par 72, 6,590 yards
 • Yellow Tees: Par 72, 6,063 yards
 • Red (Ladies) Tees: Par 72, 5,419 yards

Greens Fees per ROUND:
  Resort Course: 
  • €125 May-September
  •
€95 April & October
  •
€90 November
 
• €80 December-March


ADARE MANOR'S CARRIAGE HOUSE
BAR & RESTAURANT (RESORT COURSE)

Photo courtesy Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort

Facilities:

  Resort Course:
    • Clubhouse with men's and ladies' changing rooms (with showers).
    • Pro Shop open Mon-Fri from 8AM; from 7:30AM Sat-Sun. Tel: +353 61 605274.
    • Carriage House Bar and Restaurant.

    • Practice putting green and driving range.
    • Club Rental : €45/round (Taylor Made); €35/round (Wilson).

    • Shoe Rental: €10.
    • Pull carts (trolleys): €5/round.
    • Golf carts: €45/round (weather permitting). Reserve in advance.

    • Caddies: Senior Caddies — €45/bag. Junior Caddies — €35/bag.
        Fore Caddies: €20/player (minimum 3 players).

 

VISITORS:
  Adare Manor Resort Course:
    • Open and Playable Year Round

    • Visitors welcome any day.

    • Advance Booking of Tee-Times Strongly Recommended.
    • No handicap restrictions or club membership certification required.

LOCATION:
  Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort:

From Limerick and Central Ireland towns and villages, take the M20 motorway southwest to its end at the junction with the N20 and N21. Continue on the N21 southwest to Adare, 12 miles southwest of Limerick City. The Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort entrance is just south of Adare village. Drive through Adare on the N21, the town's Main Street which continues as Rathkeale Road). Follow Rathkeale Road when it turns left from the N21 and leads to the Adare Manor Hotel and Resort.
Address: Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort, Adare, County Limerick, Ireland.

BOOKINGS:
  Adare Manor Golf Club Resort Course:

TEL: +353 (0)61 396566
TOLL-FREE PHONE (USA):
800-462-3273
EMAIL: adaremanor@aol.com
Or via the WEBSITE.

Nearest HOME AT FIRST lodgings:
    In Killaloe, County Clare, Ireland, 29 miles northwest of Adare.
   
More information about HOME AT FIRST's Central Ireland travel program.

 

THE CLUBHOUSE AT THE ADARE MANOR HOTEL & GOLF RESORT. NOTE THAT BUGGIES (GOLF CARTS) MAY BE USED AT THE ADARE MANOR RESORT, COMMONPLACE ON AMERICAN-STYLE COURSES.
Photo courtesy Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort

 


Adare Manor Golf CLUB
THE LOCAL COURSE

 

THE 16TH GREEN AT ADARE MANOR GOLF CLUB FLANKS THE RUINS OF A 15TH CENTURY
FRANCISCAN ABBEY. ALTHOUGH THE CLUB'S 18-HOLE COURSE IS ABOUT THE SAME AGE
AS THE ADARE MANOR RESORT COURSE, ITS MINIMALIST DESIGN CONTRASTS
GREATLY WITH ITS LONGER, WETTER, MORE GLAMOROUS NEIGHBOR.
Photo courtesy Adare Manor Golf Club


LOOKING NORTH ACROSS THE RESORT COURSE. THE
ADARE MANOR (LOCAL) GOLF CLUB COURSE IS BEYOND
THE WESTWARD BEND IN THE RIVER MAIGUE.

Photo courtesy Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort

        Importantly, the golf club at the Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort should not be confused with the like-named par-69 (par-70 for ladies) Adare Manor Golf Club, also in the picturesque village of Adare. This inexpensive, short (5,764 yards from the blue tees) local course also plays around historic ruins and among the trees in the Maigue River valley. Visitors (always welcome; Saturdays can be crowded) playing this non-resort course report challenging golf in a superb setting for a value price.
        The club began in 1900 with a 9-hole course. In 1992, the great Irish golf architect Eddie Hackett rebuilt the Adare Manor course into its present 18-hole

configuration following the natural boundaries of the River Maigue and the 13th century Desmond Castle ruins, while wrapping the course around a historic cemetery and the ruins of a 15th century Franciscan Abbey.

 

THE 18TH GREEN AT ADARE MANOR GOLF CLUB IS A FINE FINISHING HOLE — THE #3 HANDICAP
ON THE COURSE — DESPITE BEING A SHORT (365 YARDS) PAR 4 WITHOUT WATER OR GREEN-
SIDE BUNKERS. THIS PHOTO SHOWS MUCH OF THE CHALLENGE: TREES EVERYWHERE.
aND, IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY BENEATH THE TREE TO THE LEFT, YOU WILL SEE PART OF
THE ANCIENT GRAVEYARD WALL AROUND WHICH THE 18TH FAIRWAY DOGLEGS.

Photo courtesy Adare Manor Golf Club

LENGTH & PAR:
  Adare Manor Golf Club (Local Course):
    • Blue Tees:             Par 69, 5,764 yards

    • Yellow Tees:          Par 69, 5,508 yards

    • Red (Ladies) Tees: Par 70, 5,053 yards

Greens Fees per ROUND:
  Local Course: €25 every day; €35 for 18 holes plus a meal at the clubhouse
     bar and restaurant.

Facilities:
  Adare Manor Golf Club (Local Course):

    • Men's and Ladies' changing rooms (with showers).
    • Pro Shop open Mon-Sat 9AM-4PM (closed Sunday).
    • Full bar and restaurant overlooking the 18th green.
    • Club Rental : €20/round (reserve in advance).
    • Pull carts (trolleys): €3/round.
    • Golf carts: Available. Limited supply — reserve in advance.

    • Caddies: Available — request in advance.

VISITORS:
  Adare Manor Golf Club (Local Course):
    • Open and Playable Year Round

    • Visitors welcome any day.

    • Advance Booking of Tee-Times Strongly Recommended.
    • No handicap restrictions or club membership certification required.

LOCATION:

  Adare Manor Golf Club (Local Course):

     From Limerick and Central Ireland towns and villages, take the M20 motorway    
     southwest to its end at the junction with the N20 and N21. Continue on the
     N21 southwest to Adare, 12 miles southwest of Limerick City. The Adare Manor
     Golf Club entrance is just north of Adare village (before crossing the bridge over
     the River Maigue) on the Limerick-Killarney Road (N21, Main Street).
     Address: Adare Manor Golf Club, Adare, County Limerick, Ireland.

BOOKINGS:
  Adare Manor Golf Club (Local Course):

    • TEL: +353 (0)61 396204
    • EMAIL:
info@adaremanorgolfclub.com
    • Or via the
WEBSITE.

Nearest HOME AT FIRST lodgings:
    In Killaloe, County Clare, Ireland, 29 miles northwest of Adare.
   
More information about HOME AT FIRST's Central Ireland travel program.


Adare VILLAGE

 

THATCHED COTTAGE ALONG ADARE'S MAIN STREET. LONG CONSIDERED ONE OF IRELAND'S
PRETTIEST TOWNS, ADARE IS MORE A VICTORIAN ENGLISH FANTASY THAN AN
AUTHENTIC VILLAGE PRESERVED TO COMMEMORATE HISTORIC IRELAND.
Photo courtesy Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort

        Playing either Adare course means visiting Adare village, often called Ireland’s prettiest town. The Dunraven family, former owners of Adare Manor, restored (or, perhaps more accurately, created) the thatched cottage village in its woodland setting over the last two centuries. Adare is a mecca for tourists who come to enjoy its antique shops, clothing boutiques, and many restaurants and pubs.


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