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Saturday 20 September 2014

Golf course set to swing back into grazing ground

Jim O'Brien

Published 27/08/2014 | 02:30

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Rory McIlroy's success has boosted golf clubs here
Rory McIlroy's success has boosted golf clubs here

When the recession hit the economy, among the first to feel the pain was the leisure sector - and golf clubs were especially hard hit.

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While the early signs of recovery and the amazing success of Rory McIlroy has given the sport new life, Charleville Golf Club in north Cork is not waiting around for the big bounce.

The club is selling an 86ac parcel of ground adjoining their main 18-hole course, land on which they developed a nine-hole ground at the height of the good times. The land is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €10,000/ac.

Located at Ardmore on Smith's Road, 2km west of Charleville, the property has extensive road frontage and includes a five column, enclosed hay barn and lean-to used to house maintenance equipment.

According to auctioneer John Flynn, the land is the best of grazing ground and renowned for its fattening qualities.

The 86ac is currently a fully operational nine-hole golf course and while Mr Flynn concedes that some investment will be needed to return it to agricultural ground, he nevertheless believes it would make a fine stand-alone farm or a most valuable addition to a current farm enterprise.

The Charleville auctioneer expects keen interest from local farmers, especially those in the dairy sector. The sale is being jointly handled by John Flynn and Richard Ryan of GVM Kilmallock.

Kilkenny

Kilkenny auctioneer Ed Donohoe is expecting two separate parcels of land located at Newlands, Sevenhouses, Kilkenny to make strong prices at auction, anticipating the property will net in the region of €12,000 to €15,000/ac.

The first parcel is a 12.5ac roadside field that is in permanent pasture at present. Located five miles from Kilkenny, it is part of a good vein of local land, some of which made €15,000/ac at auction recently. The field is suitable for any type of farming and, according to the auctioneer, it could have residential potential given the necessary planning permission.

Farms in the immediate locality consist of a mixture of grass and tillage holdings, with a significant dairy presence, which should bring out the customers when the property goes to auction at the Club House Hotel, Kilkenny, at 3pm on Friday, September 12.

Close to this parcel, Mr Donohoe is handling the sale of a 25ac farm that is currently in a crop of potatoes. Also located at Newlands, Sevenoaks, the parcel is laid out in three fields with good fencing and water. The property is just coming out of a five-year lease and is suitable for tillage and grass. This will be sold at auction on September 26 with a guide price of between €12,000 and €15,000/ac.

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