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Will you accept ‘OpenHouse@17’ challenge at Carton House?

June 22, 2013

Carton House 17th
Members of the Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI), the Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU) and the general public attending the Irish Open at Carton House next week will have a unique opportunity to play the showpiece par three 17th hole on the Montgomerie Course as part of the ‘Open House@17’ Challenge.
Anyone visiting the Tented Village at Carton House can register to compete in the challenge at the GUI National Academy stand. Spectators can then use the shuttle service provided by The European Tour to access the challenge which takes place at the GUI National Golf Academy adjacent to the championship course itself.
The challenge involves a 170-yard tee shot to a green in the short game area of the Academy – replicating the testing challenge that the world’s top professionals will face during the Irish Open from next Thursday to Sunday in Co. Kildare.
Each day, the six players closest to the flag will be invited to play the actual 17th hole in front of packed grandstands and galleries with prizes on offer for the winners including vouchers for the National Golf Academy and discounts on insurance from the GUI’s main sponsor AIG.
Albert Lee, Hon. Secretary of the GUI said: “The 17th at Carton House is a magnificent hole and to have the chance to play it in front of the grandstands is one not to be missed. The GUI is delighted to support the Tour in promoting the ‘Open House@17’ initiative and I hope that the stands are full each day to see some great golf”.
Antonia Beggs, Championship Director for the Irish Open, commented: “We are excited to be working closely with the GUI on this unique opportunity for the average golf fan to play such an iconic hole as the 17th on the Montgomerie Course.

“It will be a big thrill for the lucky winners and also for the spectators in the grandstand to cheer and encourage the prize winners as they stand on that tee with the 1500-seater grandstand surrounding the hole itself. It promises to be great fun for all concerned.”

Fans can reserve their seat in the 17th hole grandstand for just €10 per day, ensuring that in the year of The Irish Gathering they are part of this exhilarating crowd experience.
Big screens will also be erected at the 17th hole allowing spectators to watch all of the action from elsewhere on the course.
Anyone who has already purchased reserved seating for the 18th green grandstand will also receive automatic entrance to the 17th stand. All reserved grandstand seating for the 18th on Saturday and Sunday is now sold out.
Information about the 17th hole grandstand at the 2013 Irish Open can be found on, where special advanced tickets offers for the tournament can also be located.


Irish Open embraces the spirit of Phoenix

May 31, 2013

Carton House 17th
A little bit of Arizona is coming to the Irish Open next month.
The European Tour have unveiled plans to transform the 17th hole into a spectator stadium with a grandstand seating almost 1500 fans enveloping the 176 yard par three at the Montgomerie Course.
That is some way short of the numbers that can be accommodated at the famous – or infamous depending on your point of view – 16th hole at the TPC Scottsdale home of the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Come tournament week, nearly 20,000 fans cram into the ‘bleachers’ around the 160-yard par three to create a ‘unique’ stadium-like atmosphere.
With the sun shining and the alcohol flowing, it can get a bit ‘rowdy’ to say the least but on the whole, the players have embraced it.
This year Padraig Harrington spent some time kicking American footballs into the crowd.
Unfortunately the tour can’t guarantee sunshine at the Irish Open but the ‘Open House at 17’ could well be the prime place to watch the tournament unfold. A big screen will be in place showing play and scores throughout the day and food and drink will also be available on site.
Fans can now reserve their seat in the 17th hole grandstand for just €10 a day.
Information about the 17th hole grandstand at the 2013 Irish Open can be found on where special advanced ticket offers can also be located.