New Ross Golf Club has won the prestigious ALCI Award for the quality of the €250,000 redesign of four new greens on its course.

New Ross beat off the challenge of Thomond Park and Carton House to take the Sports Ground Award, the highest accolade given by the Association of Land Contractors of Ireland.

'We’re delighted with the award,' said New Ross Golf Club Chairman Eddie Sweeney. 'The design and construction is magnificent and the course is much more challenging now.'

New Ross is an 18 hole (Par 70) parkland course originally designed by Des Smyth, the 2006 Ryder Cup vice captain, and Declan Brannigan. The Course Committee decided in Autumn 2008 to redesign the 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th holes and contracted course designer Eddie Connaughton, who has previously worked with Courtown and Arklow Golf Club, and landscape specialists Gary Flood Landscapes to do the work. Work began in September 2008 and was completed in April of this year.

The work was complicated and involved creating two lakes, building stone walls and raising the greens. Sweeney said: 'The result of the redesign is terrific, each of the four new holes is now a feature of the course. If you play these four holes well you’re playing good golf.'

New Ross Golf Club has 800 members including the former Irish international and Irish Close champion Martin O’Brien.

Merit awards went to Thomond Park and also to Carton House for the facilities they provided for the visit of Real Madrid this summer before the start of the Spanish football season.