Joe McAleese and Len Horan


Garden City Golf Club 2021:
As its 125th anniversary approaches in 2024, The Garden City Golf Club has been invited to host the Carr Mara Tournament in 2021, for which its membership is genuinely excited and already preparing.
Founded in 1899, The Garden City Golf Club is widely acclaimed for its significant role in the formation and history of American golf, having hosted the 1902 U.S. Open Championship, the 1924 Walker Cup and the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1900, 1908, 1913 and 1936.
The golf course was originally designed by Devereux Emmet, a pioneering American golf course architect of Irish descent, and then enhanced by Australian-born Walter Travis, a famous competitive American amateur golfer and golf course architect.
According to renowned golf course architect, Tom Doak, who recently completed the restoration of the 120 year old golf course, "The Garden City Golf Club is not just an historic golf course going back to the U.S. Amateurs played more than a hundred years ago. It is not just a club with a unique atmosphere, though I've never been in a club that felt like this, where the history is so palpable. But it's the golf course that is really special."
The Garden City Golf Club is home to the annual Walter J. Travis Invitational, which is the oldest pure invitational tournament in the United States and one of the most prestigious U.S. amateur tournaments. We are honoured to accept their offer of hosting during this very auspicious time for them.

Ballybunion Golf Club 2023:
Ballybunion have offered to host the event in 2023. We are humbled by their generous offer. Their superb links which is renowned world wide will provide a magnificent test for our contestants.
Ballybunion has hosted all the major tournaments over the years and it's great scenery provides a stunning backdrop to all the holes. Ballybunion have many famous members and can boast a previous captain in Tom Watson.

Bel-Air Country Club 2025:
Bel-Air Country Club, site of the 1976 U.S. Amateur Championship and 2004 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship will host the Carr Mara tournament in 2025.
Bel-Air C.C. is a charming throwback design that winds through mansion-dotted canyons of Los Angeles, the topography so steep that golfers are guided from hole to hole via a tunnel, an elevator and the city’s most famous suspension bridge. Bel-Air's original architecture was done by George C. Thomas, Jack Neville and Billy Bell Sr., with most recent changes by Robert Trent Jones.

Lahinch Golf Club 2027:

Lahinch has accepted the invitation to host the tournament in 2027. The Black Watch Regiment arrived in 1892 and the course was laid that year. Old Tom Morris was asked to design the new course in 1894. Alaister McKenzie redesigned the course in 1927.
The South of Ireland amateur championship, the oldest of the provincial championship, has been in existence since 1895. Lahinch boasts one of it's past captains when Tom Watson accepted the honour.

Oakhill Country Club 2029:

At the Gala dinner in Oakmont Country Club, Oakhill Country Club Team Captain made the announcement of their wish to host the Carr Mara Tournament in 2029. This is great news for future events to have such a famous US famous club hosting the event.
We are delighted to accept this offer.

The tournament includes the top Links Clubs in Ireland where Joe Carr won his championships. The U.S.A. Golf Clubs would include Winged Foot Golf Club, Wellington Mara´s Home Golf Club and four of the top clubs in the U.S.A. The Clubs invited to participate and duly accepted were Portmarnock Golf Club, Royal Portrush Golf Club, Co. Sligo Golf Club, Lahinch Golf Club and Sutton Golf Club in Ireland. In the U.S.A. invitations were offered and duly accepted by Winged Foot Golf Club, Pine Valley, Olympic, Oakmont and Garden City.

The format of the tournament would be played bi annually over 3 days. One practice day and two days of tournament play. The clubs would be represented each by eight players. The aggregate scores of each club’s best six scores accumulated over the two days would decide the winner of the tournament. There would be an individual prize for the lowest scratch core over the days also.

The centre piece of the Carr Mara Trophy, The British Amateur Replica won by Joe Carr in Royal Portrush in 1960 was generously donated by Mary Carr, his widow. The rest of the trophy was designed by Waterford Glass. This trophy has been widely acclaimed and represents a fitting showcase for this great event.


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