Golf course set to swing back into grazing ground
When the recession hit the economy, among the first to feel the pain was the leisure sector - and golf clubs were especially hard hit.
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.