Lowe Drives Carton Golf

Carton House has recruited Ireland rugby player James Lowe as Ambassador of Golf for the resort. 

Originally from Nelson, New Zealand, James arrived in Ireland aged 24 when he had the opportunity to play rugby professionally. He has played at for Leinster since 2017 and internationally for Ireland since 2020. 

While James has been a regular at Carton House, Fairmont training on site alongside his teammates on the Ireland rugby team, he didn’t take up golf until the pandemic started. At the time, it was one of the only sports allowed to continue, so James, a self-confessed sports addict, decided to give it a go and quickly fell in love with the sport.

The Irish team spend around four months of the year training at Carton House, Fairmont, so between training sessions ahead of the Rugby World Cup that started earlier this month, James was enjoying working towards his golf goal - to be a scratch golfer. 

James’s favourite course to play at Carton House is The O’Meara, and he reckons the most challenging tee is the 16th.

He says: 

“I love golfing at Carton House, Fairmont, both the sporting and the social aspects of it. When I started playing a few years ago, I was a beginner who really didn’t know what I was doing, but with the help of some of Carton House’s pro golfers, in particular Liam McCool, my handicap has reduced significantly. Whether I’m fitting in a short practice on the driving range or a day out on the course with some friends, the facilities and the staff here make the whole experience so enjoyable, so I jumped at the opportunity to be their Golf Ambassador. I am really delighted for the whole team after announcing Carton House, Fairmont will be the venue of the KPMG Women’s Irish Open in August 2024.”