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Carton House (O’Meara) The Carton House Resort is all about luxury. A grand hotel is the centrepiece and two golf courses sweep away from the astoundingly alluring 18th century building. The O’Meara course has those perfect parkland assets familiar to everyone as it rolls through mature woodland. And yet the trees stay well back to give the course an unexpected spaciousness. Off the tee the big manicured fairways are hugely inviting targets, making this long course a driver’s delight. There are five par fives, too. Bunkers threaten along fairways and this threat increases exponentially on approaches to the immaculately presented greens. The O’Meara is often lauded for its superb stretch of three holes down by the River Rye. The two par threes and the par five 15th squeezed in between are exceptional holes, lost amongst the trees. Water is ever-present and it’s little wonder they are so memorable. (The cottage beside the 16th tee was once lived in by Marianne Faithf հ)ܹѽ͔(