Golf in Maynooth
Carton House Golf Club. This just-outside-of-Dublin estate has quickly become one of the brightest stars in the Irish golfing universe. The parkland Mark O'Meara course makes use of the estate's rolling hills, specimen trees, and the River Rye. The 14th, 15th, and 16th stretch is a highlight: a pair of classy par-3s wrapped around a heroic par-5. The second 18 holes, created by Colin Montgomerie, are an inland links-style course that is flatter and virtually treeless. There's a good mix of long par-4s backed up with tricky short ones. Recessed pot bunkers lie in wait to pick up off-line shots. Off R148, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. 01/651–7720. www.cartonhousegolf.com. Apr.–Sept., Mon.–Thurs. €75, Fri.–Sun. €85; Oct.–Mar., Mon.–Thurs. €60, Fri.–Sun. €70. O'Meara Course: 18 holes, 7006 yards, par 72; Montgomerie Course: 18 holes, 7,301 yards, par 72. Practice area, caddies, caddy carts, buggies, club rental, shoe rental, catering. Visitors: daily.
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