Carton House Golf Club, Maynooth, County Kildare
Located just 14 miles west of Dublin City Centre and 30 minutes from Dublin Airport, Carton is home to a stylish hotel, a luxurious spa and leisure suite and two of Ireland's finest championship golf courses.
Host course for the European Amateur is The Montgomerie Course, designed by 7 times European Order of merit Winner Colin Montgomerie. It is a 7,300 yard "links style" journey across sweeping firm fairways cavernous bunkers and impeccable greens. It has hosted some of the world's finest golfers at the 2005 and 2006 Irish Opens and the 2010 Irish Seniors Open.
Inspired by the greatest links lands of the world, The Montgomerie Golf Course pays tribute to the traditions of the game and sets a challenge like no other. This is golf at its purest. This is adrenaline and shot-making at its best. Designed by Colin Montgomerie, it's a journey across sweeping fairways, cavernous bunkers and impeccable greens. It's an adventure from first to last and is proud to have hosted the worlds finest golfers at the 2005 and 2006 Irish Opens.
"In my design, I attempted to go back to a more traditional golf 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" -Colin Montgomerie.
The other course on site is the O'Meara Course, designed by two-time major winner Mark O'Meara, and is a classic parkland experience which meanders through acres of glorious pastures, ancient woodland and skirts the banks of the River Rye. It hosted the 2005 Irish Amateur Championship in 2005.
Carton Demesne is also home to the Golfing Union of Ireland, the oldest golfing union in the world, the Leinster Branch of the Golfing Union of Ireland, Junior Golf Ireland and the GUI's flagship National Golf Academy.
SatNav co-ordinates for Carton House Golf Club are :
Latitude 53 degrees, 23 minutes, 28 seconds, Decimal 53.391111 N
Longitude -6 degrees 33 minutes, 59 seconds, Decimal -6.566389 E