Carton House (Montgomerie) - Kildare - Ireland

Carton House,
Maynooth,
Co. Kildare,
Ireland


  • +353 (0) 1 505 2000

  • David Webster

  • Colin Montgomerie and Stan Eby

  • Francis Howley


Located a mere 15 miles to the west of Dublin city centre, Carton House is set to become a popular golfing destination. The 1,100-acre walled Carton Estate dates back to Norman times and a new luxury four-star hotel is currently being built in sympathy with Carton House, the existing ancient mansion. Carton House is not only located in a beautiful setting, but it’s easily accessible.

There are two courses, the more senior O’Meara, which opened for play in 2002 and the Montgomerie, which opened the following year. Both are contrasting in style: the O’Meara is park-like and the Montgomerie links-like. This is the second course to be designed by “Monty” and he was helped and guided by Stan Eby of European Golf Design. It’s an interesting sculptured layout which stretches out to a massive 7,300 yards from the championship tees.

Without huge defining sand dunes, links-type courses can be flat and featureless. The Montgomerie course gets its definition from manufactured undulations; swaying fescue grass, clear definition between the cuts of grass and the many deep pot bunkers. It clearly has a modern look and feel but it’s an honest an unpretentious driver’s course which hangs together rather well. There is no signature hole to speak of, just one good hole after another, and the par threes are especially noteworthy.

Clearly delighted with his creation, Colin Montgomerie said: “This is a unique project and I am privileged to be associated with it. You can’t call it a links course, but it plays like a links and has all the characteristics of a links. In designing this course, I attempted to go back to a more traditional course. I looked at the great courses around the world – Royal Melbourne, Troon, Turnberry – and worked out what is so good about them. One thing that springs to mind – bunkering. They are hazards and they work with the prevailing wind. Few holes are straight up and down the wind but tend to be across, which brings the bunkering into play. This is the kind of course where the best players would always come out on top”.

A record prize fund of €2,200,000 was up for grabs at the 2006 Irish Open at Carton House, played on the Montgomerie course, and Thomas Bjørn claimed the title. The event returned to Carton House in 2013 with a reduced €2m prize fund and England's Paul Casey sailed to claim the Irish Open title after being stuck in the doldrums for two years.

In May 2005, for the first time, the Irish Open was held on Monty’s new creation. Wales’s Stephen Dodd emerged victorious after beating England’s David Howell in a playoff. This was to be Howell's second shootout disappointment after losing in the previous week to Thomas Björn in a tense three-way playoff at the Forest of Arden in the Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters. Despite six birdies in the final round, Monty couldn’t recover from a third-round 75 and he ended on his own course tied for 28th place.

The Irish Open was staged over the Montgomerie course in 2006 and the event returned to Maynooth in 2013.

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Description: The Montgomerie course at Carton House hosted the 2005 Irish Open. Although not a links course, it looks and plays like one. Rating: 7.7 out of 10 Reviews: 13
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Ray
I have played this course ever since it opened and will continue to do so for a long time.As as inland links, it has no equal in ireland. The greens are excellent with lovely rolling fairways.I kept the best or worse,till last, depends if you are in them. The bunkers. There are 145 bunkers. Some of them 10 ft deep. You have to stay out of them or your scorecard will disimprove drastically. A wonderful course, with a good 2nd course in the O'Meara on the estate.
August 23, 2006
8 / 10
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If you like the going tough, then the Monty course is for you. It's almost as hard as Carnoustie or Troon. They market the course as an inland links and it does feel a bit like that, but you know in your heart that you’re playing a manufactured inland track. That said, if you like brilliant conditioned courses, fast greens, great service and a seriously difficult test of golf then this course will tick all those boxes. This course should be in the Top 100 on pure merit.
April 26, 2006
8 / 10
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Shaun
Played last week off the white pegs in a slight wind, easily the hardest golf course I have ever played. Superb condition, no weak holes and a great clubhouse. Another must play course from my week in Ireland.
June 09, 2005
8 / 10
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