The Brief

Toughen up the famous Killeen course to host the 1991 Irish Open Championship.

The Result

This was my first ever effort at design. It played tough on a windy Irish week, but stood up well.


Tweaking such a lovely course wasn’t easy, but my Tour experience gave me an edge to know what would get the pro’s attention. The 10th hole in particular, where I’d brought Lough Leane into play caused a lot of problems. Only 3 players broke par for the week. Nick Faldo won and he, Jose Maria Olazabal and the late Payne Stewart paid my work some nice compliments. I even made the cut myself! It’s been revised again since, but holds good memories for me as it kind of launched my design career.