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Carton House (Montgomerie) The two courses at Carton House are in sharp contrast to each other. It adds considerably to the experience of playing here (and staying here). The Montgomerie, opened in 2002, was designed as an inland links and it certainly boasts many of the features of a links: tumbling and deceptive fairways, deep bunkers and glorious greens. There are few trees on this landscape and when the rough is up, the course glows many shades of gold. This is one of Ireland’s toughest courses – Monty designed it that way – so choosing the right tee and not trying to be heroic is the best place to start. From the white middle tees it measures 6,821 yards, but from the greens it is 6,365 yards. Gentle doglegs abound and with that dramatic bunkering you need to stay above ground to score well, so assess those doglegs carefully. The 2005, 2006 and 2013 Irish Opens were held on the Monty, so you know Carton House has every ounce of quality you could ask for. 25