Golf stars to tee off in Adare for launch of JP McManus Pro-Am

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Golf stars to tee off in Adare this week for launch of JP McManus Pro-Am

Rory McIlroy (pictured), Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry and Paul McGinley have been lined up for the fourball exhibition match, | PICTURE: Sportsfile

FOUR of Ireland’s top golfers are taking to the immaculate fairways of Adare Manor this Friday to officially open the new course and launch the 2020 JP McManus Pro-Am.

Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry and Paul McGinley have been lined up for the fourball exhibition match, with €500,000 in prize funds to be donated to charities of the golfers’ choice.

The match will mark the launch of the 2020 JP McManus Pro-Am and the official opening of the course, which has undergone a reputed €200m makeover.

Just a handful of lucky golfers have already completed a full round on the parkland course.

The course was redesigned by renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio - after the Manor and grounds were bought by JP McManus in 2014.

Members of the golf resort were notified and “exclusively invited” to purchase tickets for themselves and invited guests for the match between the four top Irish golfers.

The audience will be limited to under 2,000 people, but keen fans will be able to watch the highlights on Sky Sports Golf.

The golfers will play the new course “for the first time”, the message to members says, with a “€500,000 prize fund to go directly to the charity of their choice (€350,000 for the winning team and €150,000 for the second place)”.

Rory McIlroy stayed at the luxurious Adare Manor hotel late last year, while Padraig Harrington was heavily involved during the design phase.

Harrington even personally selected the sand for the bunkers on the course.

The 2020 Pro-Am will be the first high profile tournament to take place on what is now one of the top courses in Europe.

Mr McManus has made no secret of his hopes to host the Ryder Cup in 2026.

The course, which is currently the most expensive in Ireland to play, features the latest innovations, and is one of the only courses in the world to feature SubAir technology beneath every putting surface.

This week, the new golf course was awarded a prestigious Golf Digest Editor’s Choice Award, ranking it among Ireland and Britain’s best golf resorts.

The honourable mention is just the latest in a stream of media coverage for the resort. This month, the hotel was reviewed in US Vogue magazine, which described it as “unapologetically grand and efficient”.

Adare Manor’s mixologist Ariel Sanecki was crowned the country’s cocktail champion in February.

And Ireland international and Burnley player Robbie Brady and his fiancée Kerrie Harris will tie the knot there this summer.