In the wake of Shane Lowry’s Open Championship victory, Irish golf is set for an extended run in the spotlight with the announcement of Adare Manor as host venue for the 2026 Ryder Cup.
Since reopening in April 2018 after a two-year reconstruction, The Golf Course at Adare Manor has rocketed to global recognition. The property has been an immediate hit with industry leaders and top players alike, each rich in praise for the Tom Fazio Design.
“I am delighted that the prestigious Ryder Cup will return to Ireland,” Adare Manor owner JP McManus said. “We are very happy that Adare Manor was chosen as the venue for this world-renowned tournament in 2026 and we look forward to welcoming our worldwide visitors. It is a wonderful tribute to the many great Irish golf ambassadors and success stories Ireland has had in golf over the years and a nice follow on from Shane’s momentous Open win on Sunday in Portrush. The nation was behind Shane, it was a great achievement and very well deserved.
“I am confident that the people of Ireland will get behind The Ryder Cup, take the opportunity to showcase Ireland on the world stage and ensure that the 2026 Ryder Cup will be an outstanding success.”
The announcement was made by Ryder Cup Europe, which unveiled its partnership with the Irish government and described the positive economic outcomes The Ryder Cup will yield by amplifying Ireland’s distinct golf tourism offering.
“Adare Manor is a world-class venue, both in terms of the golf course and the wider resort facilities,” European Ryder Cup director Guy Kinnings said. “We could not be happier to be able to take golf’s greatest team contest back to Ireland and are delighted that Adare Manor will be the venue to showcase the next chapter in Ireland’s Ryder Cup story in seven years’ time.”
The par-72, 7,509-yard championship standard layout includes uniquely elevated green complexes, featuring surfaces of super fine bentgrass. Pure Distinction — “the ultimate bentgrass for smooth and true greens” — was chosen for its more than 12,000 square meters of USGA putting surfaces, and A4 bentgrass was chosen for all approach surfaces. All 18 greens incorporate the SubAir Aeration System, used to remove moisture through vacuum pumps, guaranteeing firm play each day.
Water features are present on 14 holes with numerous man-made lakes, streams and the River Maigue regularly in play. The course also includes a dozen new hand-cut stone bridges and a network of fiber-optic conduit buried within each hole to provide power and telecommunications connectivity for broadcast.