The O’Meara Course at Carton House will stage the AIG All Ireland Cups & Shields finals from the 14th to 17th September.
This is probably the largest Inter Club competition that is staged in Irish amateur golf with the provincial winners and golfers from all different levels competing to be Irish Golf Champions. The competitions that will take place in these finals are Senior Cup, Barton Shield, Junior Cup, Jimmy Bruen and Pierce Purcell
Carton House will become the Croke Park of Irish Amateur Golf for this week as golfers represent their clubs and provinces as they try and win that elusive Green Pennant and become All Ireland Golf Champions, 2017. If you think the Professionals experience pressure in the Ryder Cup it is nothing compared to what these club golfers go through.
There is sure to be plenty of drama as golfers go through every emotion as they try to win their match, there will be ecstasy of holing that winning put and being the hero of the hour to the disappointment of losing that deciding match.
One of the big features on the O’Meara Course is the subtlety of the undulations of the greens. Course management then plays an important role to ensure that you leave yourself with the easier chip shots or putts. On numerous holes you may be better playing for the middle of the green rather then taking on difficult pins.
The O’Meara Course at Carton House also has its very own Amen Corner where a lot of the matches will either be one or lost. This three-hole stretch consists of two Par 3’s with a Par 5 sandwiched between them. The holes run through a valley and are framed by mature trees with the added feature of the River Rye. This truly is a magnificent run of holes that when you add in the water really will certainly add to the drama of match-play golf.