Originally Posted by fullstop
Disagree, the Monty is a pretty bland course and not great for watching.
Maybe O'Meara then - but the point I'm making is this - Oh where is the Irish Open on this year debate ? - is damaging to it as an event. It is November now - this uncertainty is bad for any major event. If they want to chop and change it ( grand) but at least announce it at wrap up of previous event. To build a successful tournament we need at least a 3 year plan.
I'm of the opinion last year was a great start - was near Dublin - just consolidate the event.
People use the Northern Ireland one as a reference - I think that was a once off and was always going to be massive - their first ever event up there. I think the crowds in Carton were the best in the South I have seen in a while. We can only hope upon hope that Rory sticks with the event. Somehow Tiger (not realistic).
Carton has the infrastructure and scale of grounds - parking , transport access , nice setting, near Dublin.
People will say - it is not about being near Dublin, ( I think it is) - And I'm not an everything in Dublin type of Dub at all. I think this needs to be near Dublin to keep it on safe grounds for a few years. Build it, don't chop and change , announce a new event every December or later. This is high risk and mad stuff in my view.
Even if it moves again to away from the Capital - just stick with a bit of a plan - (longer term)