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Marlay Park putting

Marlay Park putting

Marlay Park putting

Pádraig Harrington’s spectacular public putting green in Dublin’s Marlay Park looks set to open before the end of the summer.

The 3,000m2 green, designed by the three-time Major winner and built by Atlantic Golf Construction in partnership with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and John Clarkin’s Turfgrass, is now growing strongly thanks to irrigation from nearby Grange Golf Club.

Inspired by the famously undulating Himalayas putting course at St Andrews, it will be free to the public when it opens in July or August and it promises to be hugely popular in a city sadly lacking in public golf facilities.

The project, which would cost €300,000 to build commercially, is being funded by the Pádraig Harrington Charitable Foundation with a golf development grant from The R&A and a grant from Golf Ireland, supported by Sport Ireland’s special projects scheme.

The green is around six times the size of the average club green and it’s an idea that Harrington has had rattling around in his head for more than 20 years.

“We know that people just like putting,” Harrington said. “It’s the one sport, if we can call putting a sport, that somebody who is a complete novice will really enjoy.”

The green is a mixture of poa and bentgrass and there is space to create up to 36 holes with a maximum stimpmeter reading of around nine with the Dubliner guaranteeing “loads of fun and frustration” tackling the humps and hollows.

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