With the 2021 Ryder Cup front and centre this week, Adare’s hosting of the event in 2027 is a hot topic right now, writes Kevin Markham, Irish Examiner. Every two years, around this time in September, the focus in world golf turns to the Ryder Cup. It raises temperatures in the ‘us versus them’ biennial contest and has advertisers, sponsors and viewers salivating.
Inevitably, the course hosting the tournament is discussed in terms of which team it suits best, whether it is a good enough test and how it will look to such a vast global audience.
This month’s Ryder Cup may be in Wisconsin, but as we count down the final days conversations in Ireland will undoubtedly turn to Limerick. Adare was chosen to host the 2027 Ryder Cup in July 2019, a little more than a year after the Fazio redesign was presented to the world. That is some accomplishment. The condition of the course from the outset was phenomenal – well beyond anything else in Ireland — and the general boast (perhaps by the Adare team and certainly from Irish golfers) was that the course could have hosted the Ryder Cup on the spot.
That is how impressive the course and the set-up was… and remains. In truth, though, every single thing about the Adare resort is impressive. The experience takes you beyond anything else you’ve encountered — no matter who you are.
There are so many remarkable hotels on this island and so many are at golf resorts. In a recent Golf World ranking on the Top 100 Golf Resorts in the UK and Ireland, we had five in the Top 10. The top Irish resort, at number three, was Adare.
I have to confess that if Adare is at number three then the quality of the two resorts above it must be out of this world. But here’s the thing: Adare has a single golf course, while Turnberry (2nd) has two 18-hole courses and Gleneagles (1st) has three. On that basis alone you could easily flip their ranking.
Adare is magnificent. No stone is left unturned, no want is ignored, no request is too small.
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