This was a 9 hole extension to a full 18 hole facility onto a beautiful but poorly drained and environmentally complicated area of land bordering the River Boyle. Following several presentations to the members and numerous meetings with the planning authority, the extension commenced in April 2002 and despite one of Ireland’s wettest summers, the course opened in August 2003.
The land was well suited for a natural golf course and its layout made well use of this rare opportunity. On the most part holes holes required little more than green and tee complexes, with the occasional fairway bunker. The fairways were developed by simply mowing the existing grasses, along with over-seeding, herbicide treatment and regular topdressings; it took a few years for the grasses to mature but the course is testiment to illustrating that new courses do not always need millions to be good.
There are many spectacular golf holes; the Par 3 6th plays over the River Boyle with the green located a peninsular jutting into the river, the 8th plays over and area of natural wetland and the 11th plays to a green set into a steep hillside, surrounded by gorse.