Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort is located on the shores of Blessington Lakes in County Wicklow. The Championship golf course is laid out on a 200-acre estate that also contains a restored 18th century Manor House – built in 1760 on the ruins of the old Tulfarris Castle and early Christian burial grounds preserved under the mounds of the 10th and 12th fairways.
Initially opened in 1989 as a 9-hole course on a 60-acre site, the property was acquired in 1993 and appointed golf course architect Patrick Merrigan to extend the number of holes to eighteen. Merrigan – renowned for his design work on other courses such as Faithlegg, Old Head of Kinsale, Slieve Russell and Woodenbridge – advised that he could do little until additional land was acquired to make his dream a reality. Needless to say, by the end of the millennium, more real estate had been acquired, the course was reconstructed, and the new Tuffarris was reborn.
It is now routed over three peninsulas of Blessington Lakes and can be played from various tees, giving a total length of between 5,705 and 7,116 yards. Merrigan is exceptionally pleased with the final outcome of his work, saying,
“I think the finished article stands alongside the best golf course to be found anywhere. The natural beauty of the setting is awesome.”
The course is configured in classical formation with two par fives and two par threes on each loop of nine holes. Water endangers the approach to the green at a handful of holes on both the front and back nine so these hazards, allied to strategic bunkering and length off the tee demanded at most holes – even the par threes are all in excess of 170 yards off the back tees – will keep most net scores above the par of 72 for the course.
The 608-yard, par five, 7th hole is a favourite of many on the outward half, with the tee shot played out over a lake to a fairway that doglegs right to a well-trapped green. On the inward nine, the 200-yard, par three, 16th hole demands a precise tee shot to avoid a lake and some protecting oak trees to make the green.
Tulfarris has hosted the EuroPro Tour, Irish Seniors Open Championship and the Club Professional PGA Championship.
Ready Golf is a commonly used term which indicates that players should play when they are ready to do so, rather than adhering strictly to the “farthest from the hole plays first” stipulation in the Rules of Golf.
Ready golf does not apply in Match Play, BUT ALL PLAYERS AT TULFARRIS ARE EXPECTED TO PLAY ‘READY GOLF’ IN ALL OTHER FORMATS.
Aim: To encourage faster round times by improving the pace of play.
EXAMPLES IN ACTION:
OTHER WAYS THAT PLAYERS CAN AND SHOULD SPEED UP THE PACE OF PLAY:
Play a provisional ball if your shot is offline and risks being lost.
Place your bag/trolley between the green and the next tee.
If each person in a 4 ball could just play 20 to 25 seconds quicker, then you will make up 25 to 30mins for each round Ready golf does not mean rushing. If you prepare in advance you can take your time & PLAY READY GOLF.