What is the heritage of Christy O’Connor Jnr?

By: January 8, 2016

Early this week the Irish golf society and I think the golf world lost a great golfer (4 European Tour victory, 2 Ryder Cup appearance etc.) and golf architect in the person of Christy O’Connor Jnr. Christy O’Connor Jnr was more than a popular golf professional. He was also a well-respected golf course architect and Senior Member of the EIGCA.

Christy O'Connor Jnr

Christy began his golf course design career in 1986, creating a 9-hole course at Haarlemmermeersche Golf Club in The Netherlands. Over the next twenty years, he built up an impressive portfolio of courses working in Ireland, France, Portugal, Hungary and the Caribbean.

13 out of 19 Irish golf courses he designed are rated in the Top 100 Courses of Ireland.

These are the golf courses that were designed by Christy O’Connor Jnr:

  1. Bantry Bay Golf Club (co-designed) – Ireland
  2. Budapest Gate International Golf & Country Club – Hungary (a design project; this golf club project was canceled around 2012 for my great sorrow)
  3. Carstown Golf Club – Ireland
  4. Citywest Championship Course – Ireland
  5. Concra Wood Golf & Country Club – Ireland
  6. Esker Hills Golf Club – Ireland
  7. Fota Island Golf Club (co-designed) – Ireland
  8. Galway Bay Golf Resort – Ireland
  9. Glasson Golf Hotel & Country Club – Ireland
  10. Gort Golf Club – Ireland
  11. Haarlemmermeersche Golf Club – The Netherlands
  12. Headfort New Golf Club – Ireland
  13. Hollywood Lakes Golf Club – Ireland
  14. Knightsbrook Golf Club – Ireland
  15. Lee Valley Golf & Country Club – Ireland
  16. O’Connor Jnr Course Doeuil Sur le Mignon – France (a design project)
  17. Oceanico O’Connor Jnr. – Portugal
  18. Mount Wolseley Golf Club – Ireland
  19. Roganstown Golf & Country Club – Ireland
  20. Rosslare Golf Club (redesign) – Ireland
  21. Palmerstown Stud Golf Club – Ireland
  22. Rathsallagh Golf & Country Club – Ireland
  23. The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton – St. Lucia (a design project)
  24. Tuam Golf Club (redesign) – Ireland

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