Golfer Pádraig Harrington has designed a 3,000sqm public putting course at Marlay Park, which will open in spring next year.

The putting green, which will be built in a sustainable manner, will be located at the site of the original Marlay Playground.

The design and construction began in recent months, with the next step being to seed the putting green.

The former Ryder Cup captain said he has always been in awe of the popularity of the Himalayas Putting Course in St Andrews and wanted to be involved in "providing something similar for the people of Ireland".

Mr Harrington added that it would be a "state of the art, undulating and unique putting course".

In a social media post this evening, Mr Harrington said he was "delighted" with how the putting green was progressing.

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In a statement, stakeholders say the facility will help open up the game of golf to people of all ages and backgrounds.

The three-time major winner is working with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on the large-scale project.

The council's Cathaoirleach Lettie McCarthy said she was proud to be involved in the development.

"Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is dedicated to maintaining and developing the very best in publicly accessible sports and leisure facilities to the citizens of the county and is very proud of this new partnership with one of Ireland’s greatest sports stars," the Labour councillor said.