Harrington opens public putting green
Former Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington has opened a family-focused putting green in Dublin, which aims to attract new audiences to golf and bring the local community together.
The Marlay Putting Green in Marlay Park, a public park near Harrington’s home, has been designed with enjoyment, affordability – there will be limited or no charge – and inclusivity in mind, with people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of ability welcome.
“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,” said the three-time Major winner, who helped design the facility and took inspiration from the famous Himalayas Putting Green in St Andrews.
“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. I would say to any park, any public facility, just put nine holes in a tight bit of grass and people will putt on it and enjoy it."
The Marlay Putting Green was funded by the Padraig Harrington Charitable Foundation with the help of grants from The R&A, Golf Ireland and Sport Ireland.
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have provided the site and will be responsible for maintaining it.
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“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,” said Councillor Mary Hanafin.
“We look forward to welcoming all ages and abilities to the Marlay Putting Green.”