Adare Manor

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Adare Manor is one of Ireland's best. Located in the southern part of the country, just ten miles from the city of Limerick, and 25 miles from Shannon Airport. The venue will play host to the 2027 Ryder Cup, as the sport's biggest biennial tournament returns to Ireland for the first time since it was at the K Club back in 2006.

The venue dates back to the 19th Century, while the name for the place comes from the 12th Century. The golf course has only been around for three decades, with Robert Trent Jones Sr designing the original course. Tom Fazio redesigned the layout prior to the venue being awarded the Ryder Cup.


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A Brief History of Adare Manor

Adare Manor’s name comes from the feudal system which was introduced following the Norman invasion of Ireland in 1170. For four centuries, the Fitzgerald family ruled the Manor, but after the Desmond Rebellions in the late 16th Century, the castle was dismantled and the land was shared between existing landowners. Work on the new manor house, now known as Adare Manor, started in the 1830s and took more than 30 years to be completed.
 
The original golf course was built in the 1990s, after being designed by Robert Trent Jones. The course hosted the Irish Open in both 2007 and 2008. Tom Fazio then redesigned the course, which was reopened in 2018. It has been created in harmony with the outstanding natural beauty of its surroundings: lush, softly rolling terrain, mature tree-scaping, and the sweeping banks of the River Maigue.
 
In 2019, Adare Manor was announced as the host of the 2026 Ryder Cup, with the news meaning it would become just the second Irish venue to host the biennial team event, after the 2006 edition at the K Club. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic postponing the 2020 edition back to 2021, all future events have also been pushed back. Adare Manor will now host the Ryder Cup in 2027.

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In recent years, Tom Fazio has taken the original Robert Trent Jones Sr design and sprinkled his own magic on it to make it the gem that it is today. 

The thick rough that once surrounded the Adare fairways has now been mown down, and there are only 42 bunkers on the course. 14 of the 18 holes feature water hazards, with the River Maigue winding its way around the property. Fazio’s remodeling of the course means that Adare Manor is now all about the greens and their surrounds. The green surfaces are slick and undulating, so even if you do find the dance floor, it will no doubt be a difficult putt. 

All bar three of the holes on the new layout feature water, with the par 3s all having that added element of danger. The 4th tees off from beside the lake, and has the River Maigue running behind the green. Both 6 and 11 are more than 220 yards from the tips. The former has the river as the backdrop, while the 11th plays over the Maigue. The 16th is the last par 3, and the carry is entirely over water to a wide but shallow green. 

Both nines finish with a lengthy par 5. The 9th hole at Adare Manor is the longest on the property, measuring more than 630 yards from the back tees. Find the fairway with the tee shot and you have a chance at making the green in three, but the edges are the green are not visible, making it a tricky surface to find with an approach shot. 
 
The closing hole at Adare Manor is the signature hole, with the Manor House setting the backdrop to the green. It is a classic Robert Trent Jones Sr risk-and-reward par 5. The River Maigue guards the left side of the fairway off the tee, so make sure to keep your drive right. Players are then left with a decision – cross the river with the second shot or stay right of it? If you stay right, then the third shot becomes very tricky. If you have the distance, then cross the river as it will make the third shot much easier, playing up the green.  

Where is Adare Manor located?

Adare Manor is located in the south of Ireland. It is between the towns of Adare and Ballytrasna, and ten miles to the southwest of Limerick, the closest major city. 

Shannon Airport is the closest to Adare Manor, 25 miles north of the resort. The seven busiest destinations from Shannon are either in the UK or USA.  For those coming from far flung destinations that do not have flights to Shannon, visitors can also travel via Dublin Airport, which is the busiest in Ireland. It is on the country's eastern side, around 140 miles away.

What are the practice facilities at Adare Manor?

Adare Manor has plenty to offer in the way of golfing facilities. The practice area at Adare is world-class, with a driving range, short game area and approach play area. 

There are real greens and bunkers to aim at on the range and approach areas, while the short game area has bunkers you can play from, to practice some of the shots that might be needed out on the course. 

How much is a green fee at Adare Manor?

The price of a green fee at Adare Manor changes throughout the year, depending on the season. It is also different depending on whether it is a weekday or weekend. There are also stay & play packages available at the resort.  
 
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