Stuck in the rough Club faces uncertain future
MYSTERY surrounds the future of Macreddin golf club in Co Wicklow following the discharge of the receiver appointed over a year ago by Bank of Scotland (Ireland).
Declan Taite of Farrell Grant Sparks, was appointed in September 2009, but is no longer acting on behalf of the bank.
Pat Galavan, MD of The Macreddin Club PLC, which developed the course, said last night : "It has come as a total surprise. I have had very little contact with the receiver and just got a letter on Monday advising me he was discharged.
"I don't know what the situation is at the moment. That means responsibility or management comes back to the directors. It's something we have to consider," he said.
Mr Galavan confirmed that four staff -- the secretary-manager David Leech, course superintendent Aindriu Jackson and two course staff -- had been put on what he described as a "temporary lay-off" while the directors considered their options.
The club has around 100 members and representatives of the membership will meet next week with Mr Galavan.
The course was designed by Ryder Cup star Paul McGinley. It was McGinley's first such project. The land on which it is built is leased from the owners of Brook Lodge Hotel which adjoins the course.
Eoin Doyle of Brook Lodge commented: "Long-term plans have to be put in place. It's a great course and gets great reviews. The reality is the lease on the land is very tight. The course has to be maintained to a certain standard."
He added: "I'll be meeting the MD of Macreddin."
Mr Galavan sent an e-mail to members on Wednesday night in which he said: "In the short term at least, the golf course will remain open for members and hotel guests only."
The project cost around €7m and opened with nine holes in 2007. The second nine opened in July 2008.
Bank of Scotland Ireland refused to comment yesterday.