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Carr Golf strengthens presence in Northern Ireland at The Blackwood – Irish Golfer Magazine


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Carr Golf, a European leader in golf course maintenance services, has unveiled a long-term partnership with The Blackwood, a 36-hole centre in Bangor, County Down.

Carr Golf will now oversee an ambitious project to create next-level golf experiences at The Blackwood through enhanced course conditions. Located just outside Belfast City, the popular golf facility on the charming Clandeboye Estate already serves a thriving membership and active local pay-and-play golf community.

The Blackwood, which features two 18-hole parkland courses and a 26-bay driving range, is among 23 clubs and multi-course operations now within the Carr Golf portfolio. And this partnership further strengthens the Dublin-based company’s presence in the region.

Carr Golf brings their 14-year track record of elevating course performance, presentation and playability to The Blackwood. Their data-led approach and performance benchmarking aim to deliver measurable improvements to playing surfaces, soil conditions and turf health.

The Carr Golf process will include custom maintenance and treatment programmes for both courses based on in-depth assessments. The Hamilton, which boasts a championship layout, and The Temple an exciting par 3, are routed through 2,000 acres of wooded parkland. Consequently, fostering biodiversity and reducing environmental impact is also a critical element of the strategy.

Carr Golf Regional Superintendent Iain Ritchie will consult with the resident greenskeeper team headed by Jonny Eager to achieve benchmarked performance targets. This will be supported by investment in cutting-edge machinery and staff training to ensure consistent, cost-effective delivery.  

“The team at The Blackwood is delighted to commission Carr Golf to manage and oversee golf course maintenance operations across our 36-hole estate,” Director of Golf Paul Gray said. “We’ve already seen positive developments, and our existing team is excited to work with the Carr Golf team to bring both courses to new levels of condition.”

Ed Pettit, the Managing Director of Carr Golf, commented: “This partnership is based on a shared dedication to achieve golf course excellence through innovative, science-based programmes. The Blackwood, with its remarkable courses and passionate team, is an ideal collaborator as Carr Golf continues to support more clients across Ireland and Europe.”

For more information visit https://carrgolfservices.com/

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