Harrington unveils Marlay Park putting green to the general public


Pádraig Harrington at Putting Green in Marlay Park Photo by Peter Cavanagh

Pádraig Harrington has officially launched the Marlay Park Putting Green in Dublin. A free public facility that has been designed to attract new audiences to golf.

The three-time major champion worked closely with Dub Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council who will assume management of the facility beside the new Boules Court. The putting green has been constructed in a sustainable manner to conserve resources and can be easily accessed from all parts of the Park.

The new family friendly putting green will be officially open to the public on Saturday at 10.30am. While the late spring, early summer weather remains unpredictable, rounds will be limited to 700 per week over six days to protect against low grass growth before the warmer weather arrives later in the summer.


“Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is dedicated to maintaining and developing the very best in publicly accessible sports and leisure facilities to the citizens of the county and is very proud of this new partnership with Padraig Harrington, one of Ireland’s greatest sports stars. We look forward to welcoming all ages and abilities to the Marlay Putting Green,” said Councillor Mary Hanafin, Cathaoirleach at Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

John Clarkin’s team at Turfgrass® provided their expertise in construction and agronomy and worked alongside Atlantic Golf Construction in the build of the putting green. The project was funded by the Padraig Harrington Charitable Foundation together with the assistance of a golf development grant from The R&A, and also a grant from Golf Ireland, supported by Sport Ireland’s special projects scheme.

Pádraig Harrington was delighted to unveil the putting green and see his project come to fruition.

“I am thrilled to announce the opening of the Marlay Putting Green. It has been amazing to see this project come to fruition, and I am so pleased the people of Dublin will be able experience golf in a fun and family focused setting. My aim for this project has always been to create an affordable and accessible facility which is designed for all ages and golf abilities at no cost. I’ve always wanted to give back to the community and find a way to introduce the game of golf to all generations.”

Harrington added, “I would like to extend a special thank you to the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and it’s Parks team, John Clarkin and his team at Turfgrass®, Anthony Bennett and the team at Atlantic Golf Construction, as well as all the contractors and suppliers who have also offered their time and services for free or at preferential rates. I would also like to thank The R&A, as well as Golf Ireland and Sport Ireland, for their generous grants which have made this project possible, in addition to my sponsors, Wilson and Titleist for the supply of putters and golf balls.”

Frank Curran, Chief Executive, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council said: “We are immensely proud of our partnership with Padraig Harrington and this new world class local facility at Marlay Park. This is a state of the art, unique putting course covering 3000 square metres and we look forward to bringing the game of golf to a new generation and a new audience”.

To find out more about the new Putting Green, visit HERE


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