Ballyneety Golf Club awarded Munster Golf Club of the Year 2014

Ballyneety Golf Club, formerly Limerick County Golf & Country Club, was awarded the prestigious honour of Munster Golf Club of the Year for 2014 by the Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) on Tuesday last, 25th November. This is a far cry from only 4 years ago when the club went into liquidation and seemed doomed for permanent closure. One of the new club’s founders, Liam Lawlor commented recently on the award:

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Everyone is delighted. It was unexpected really because 2014 was our first year open with the full course in operation. We are all absolutely thrilled that the course has returned back better than ever. The former members were despondent when it closed and now that we have reopened it is a dream come true. The response from the community and members has been magnificent.”

Ballyneety Golf Club is based on the former site of the Limerick County Golf & Country Club and also boasts an excellent driving range facility to go along with its 18-hole golf course and clubhouse bar & restaurant. It is testament to work of previous members of Limerick County who, led by Liam Lawlor, Minie O’Brien & PGA Professional Donal McSweeney (all pictured right), garnered the support of the local community and also sought outside investment to establish the new golf club in 2012. Even though the golf course was only partially open at that stage, they had 300 members paying fees for 2013. Now they have over 600 members which is a fantastic achievement in the face of an industry that is struggling to maintain members on a national level.

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There are also ambitious plans to build on the revival of the facility by using part of the 183 acre site for a recreational park to include a walking & nature trail, archery, mini-golf, Astroturf pitches, handball alleys, camping facilities, a crèche and a playground. The Ballyneety Members Golf Club Project is now working with local Philanthropist and former CEO of Kentz Corporation, Hugh O’Donnell, and Limerick City & County Council to make this expansion a reality. The plan is that the “redeveloped project will eventually be owned and operated by the members. The Ballyneety Golf Club facility currently employs 36 people and the recreational park project has the capability of increasing this figure to over 50 positions” which is great news for the local economy.

The 18-hole course was designed by 2014 Ryder Cup Vice-Captain, Des Smyth, and Irish Amateur International, Declan Brannigan. It was opened back in 1994 and went into liquidation in 2010, having re-opened in 2012 it has enjoyed great development culminating in their recent award as Munster Golf Club of the Year 2014. Fair play and congrats to all at Ballyneety Golf Club!

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Limerick Golf Club Update

JUNIOR GOLF

Junior golf resumes this coming Saturday with sign-in at 9.15am.

Congratulations to our Fred Daly team of Mark Mac Grath, Michael Culhane, Mark Higgins, Eoghan C O’Neill, Ciaran Vaughan, Shane O’Neill and Boy’s Captain Michael O’Neill on their win against Adare Manor last Saturday in the Fred Daly Cup.  The winning margin of 4 1/2 to 2 1/2 does not reflect what was in fact a victory by the narrowest of margins with two key matches going down the nineteenth. We can now look forward to the next round in late June when the opposition will be Roscrea.

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MENS CLUB

This Saturday sees the Jimmy Bruen Team in action against Rathbane in Adare Manor at 8.30 am. Best of luck to Maurice Fitzgerald, Finbar Carter and their team at the weekend. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Entry to the Lyric Cup is now available in the Pro Shop and the first presentation of prizes is scheduled for the 21st May.

COURSE REPORT

As Course Repair work continues it is expected that the 3rd hole will return to a par 4 within the next 2 weeks. Members are asked to please repair pitch marks and rake bunkers. The Course Committee have reintroduced and Adopt A Green Policy and would ask members to help in eliminating pitch marks from our greens.

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LADIES CLUB

Congratulations to our Miele cup team who had a great win against Charleville on Monday, well done to players and managers. Our Senior Cup team are playing in Killarney on Saturday, please come and support our team, team details are displayed on the notice board. The Lady Vice Captains Prize (Mary Lee) takes place next Tuesday with the prize giving that night.

Timesheet for the Danus Cup is now open and on the notice board, please put your name up if you are interested in playing. Mixed Foursomes start this Friday night come along for a sociable round of golf.  Helen Ryan Scratch Cup will take place Monday 12th and a New Member’s night will take place on Wednesday 14th May.