At €375 a green fee (and compulsory caddie), the experience should be high end and it is. The course conditioning was truly remarkable. There are many wonderful holes (especially 8, 9, 11 and the truly world class par 4, 13th). In addition the 18th will provide much drama in the Ryder Cup (hopefully more matches will go to the 18th than they did at Paris National). The greens are sublime (fast, true, contoured) and very challenging. I believe that it is a second shot course as the fairways give room and appear inviting. The course beats you up around the greens as the majority are raised to some extent. The run offs are shaved and are as good as most courses greens, making any pitch with loft requiring exemplar technique and nerve ! The percentage shot is a putter, but unlike the challenge Martin Kaymer overcame at Pinehurst in 2014, the grass on the run off areas at Adare Manor are different to the grass on the greens and although smooth, roll substantially slower. Therefore there is huge premium on hitting the greens which means ball striking will be key for the pros in 2026. As an experience, I am glad i played. Would I go back ? Probably not (the green complexes were too tough for me ).
Date: September 15, 2019