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Much more than a golf resort, Carton House offers a full range of facilities, in addition to its two magnificent Championship golf courses; The O’Meara and The Montgomerie. The transformation of the estate into a first class golf resort began in 1999. In 2002, the first phase of the development saw the opening of the Mark O’Meara course. This gorgeous parkland spread makes splendid use of the historic demesne’s rolling hills, specimen trees and the River Rye. Feature holes include the 13th, 14th and 15th – a pair of 3’s wrapped around a heroic par 5 – crossing the lazy loops of the River Rye. The opportunity to gamble is paramount as is the sense of tranquillity that the holes create. Quite different yet complimentary to The O’Meara, is The Montgomerie, opened in June 2003. This magnificent new course is Montgomerie’s second course design – his first in Ireland and the UK. He expressed his delight with the course, “This is a unique project and I am privileged to be associated with it. You can’t call it a links course, but it plays like a links and has all the characteristics of a links. In designing this course, I attempted to go back to a more Volume 3 • Issue 29 31