IT HAS taken more than six months and countless man hours, but the Montgomerie Course at Carton House in Co Kildare is ready for the first stage of the Irish Open.
But yesterday was all about fans having fun as they followed around a host of celebrities and famous golfers.
Professional golfers practised their swings with amateurs as part of the Open's Pro-Am day.
"It has been a Trojan effort from the staff. They've been working from 4am and are really passionate about what they do," said Conor Mallaghan, whose family own the hotel.
"Some of the players have said that the greens are the best they've played on all year."
The 165-bed hotel has been booked up by 100 golfing pros and their families.
A small village has been set up, complete with stalls for food, clothing companies, and companies offering golfing holidays.
"You get treated very well. I walked into my hotel room and it was amazing," the 24-year-old said.