Norman Course for Ireland
Work is under way on a new 18-hole links course designed by former
world No 1 Greg Norman in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland.
Club, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, is being funded by two American-based
companies - Kiawah Development Partners and Landmark
National - who previously collaborated on the creation of the Ocean
Course at Kiawah Island, South Carolina - venue of the infamous
1991 Ryder Cup.
also plan next year to start building a hotel and perhaps
even a small village.
There has been
little digging or excavation at Doonbeg because every green follows
the natural lie of the undulating land, and the fairways have emerged
naturally on the terrain following a precision cut of the long grass.
Some parts of this environmentally sensitive property, particularly
those within the permanently protected dunes, have been identified
as the natural habitat of a minuscule and extremely rare snail.
This means there can be no excavation, pesticides or chemicals in
When work on
Doonbeg started last May, a former deputy head greenkeeper
at Wentworth, Jim McKenna, was taken on as course superintendent.
the task of choosing the turf maintenance equipment and Toro won
£250,000 exclusive supplier contract for Doonbeg's mowing and aeration
The course is
scheduled for completion within six months and it should
be available for limited play in August and September. The official
opening is planned for next year.