New for Old Tom Morris

Peter Driverin Industry News

Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort, situated among the sand dunes of Sheephaven Bay on the beautiful coastline of northwest Donegal in Ireland, has invested in the latest mower technology with the recent purchase of a Jacobsen Eclipse 322 diesel-electric hybrid greens mower from local distributor Kevin Broderick Ltd.

Paul Travers, links superintendent, joined the resort back in 2008 and manages a team of 12 staff which consists of seven full-time employees supplemented by five part-timers in the summer months. Prior to this he was assistant course manager at Lough Erne during the construction and grow-in phases from 2005 until moving to Rosapenna in 2008.

Commenting on the Eclipse 322 he said, "This is by far the best greens mower on the market today; fuel economy is excellent and there's absolutely no danger of the greenkeepers worst nightmare, an hydraulic oil leak on the green! To be able to control the frequency of cut is a huge advance and we've been experimenting with it to find the optimum for the greens here.

"We have some steep dunes here; it copes admirably with any slopes and the automatic braking system is unique to this mower. It's comfortable, well thought out, the controls are easily accessible from the control arm and the swing-out centre unit makes routine adjustments quick and easy. Add the excellent level of service we receive from Broderick's and we have a package that complements the golfing experience here at Rosapenna.

The Rosapenna resort consists of 45 holes of golf, a golf pavilion and a four star, 66 bedroom hotel complete with leisure centre, all situated in 800 acres of pristine dunes. It can trace its history back to 1891, when Lord Leitrum invited Old Tom Morris to design the first links, which opened for play in 1893.

The original front nine holes of the Old Tom Morris course, the Valley, ran along the shore of Tramore beach in Sheephaven Bay with the back nine played over the main road. In 2009 a new nine holes were added, the Strand Nine designed by Pat Ruddy, which now play as the front nine of the Old Tom Morris course with the original Valley nine completing the course. It is ranked 34 in Golf Digest Ireland's Top 100 courses for 2013.

The Sandy Hills Links opened in June 2003 and is currently ranked 28 in GDI's rankings. Pat Ruddy designed the 18 hole championship course for the serious golfer with narrow fairways and wide landing areas sculpted from the dunes. The course is sandwiched between the front and back nines of the Old Tom Morris course and at 7,255 yards with multiple tee positions it challenges golfers of all levels.

Completing the golf offering at Rosapenna is a 12-hole Par 3 course, a driving range with turf tees and covered bays and the Coastguard Nine, the original back nine of the Old Tom Morris course, which starts and finishes at the practice ground.

In November 2012, the owners - the Casey family - acquired an adjoining 36 holes set in a further 360 acres and formally known as the St Patrick's Golf Links. When integrated into the existing resort, Rosapenna will become the second largest golf links destination in Europe after St Andrews in Scotland.

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