Thursday 23 October 2014

Receivers appointed to luxurious Castleknock Golf Club

Sarah Stack and Colm Kelpie

Published 24/01/2014 | 17:43

Castleknock Golf Club

RECEIVERS have been appointed to a popular golf club on the outskirts of Dublin city.

Castleknock Golf Club remains open for players as plans get underway to find a buyer.

Declan McDonald and Ken Tyrrell of PwC were appointed joint receivers to the club, as well as associated companies under the umbrella of Monarch Properties.

In a statement PwC said the pair were working with management, key staff and suppliers to ensure the club continues to operate on a ‘business as usual’ basis.

“The club and golf course remain open for members and green fees,” it said.

“The Vue restaurant, at the club, continues to operate and is accepting bookings as usual.”

The Irish Independent understands that no redundancies are currently planned and that a buyer will be sought in due course, but it has not yet been decided when this will take place.

Most recent accounts reveal Castleknock Golf Club was one of seven Monarch Properties companies - headed by John Thomas Sherwood and Paul Monahan - to record a loss in 2012.

The latest set lodged with the Companies Office in Dublin show the golf club had 27 staff and recorded a loss of €137,027 in the 12 months to the end of April that year. A deficit of €3.7 million was also listed under “extraordinary items”.

That compares with an overall loss of €355,957 in 2011.

Accounts also showed Monarch Properties recorded a loss of €649,513.

The north Dublin-based property development group has built many of the country's largest shopping centres, including The Square in Tallaght along with centres in Dundalk, Drogheda, Navan and Athlone.

Adjacent to Dublin's famous Phoenix Park, Castleknock Golf Club states that its greens are constructed to the highest USGA recommendations and are one of the driest parkland courses to play on.

Set up in 1981, the revamped club and course are nestled in 160 acres of demesne, including ten acres of lakes.

Its Vue Restaurant is also described as one of the hidden gems in Dublin 15, with spectacular views overlooking the golf course and Liffey Valley.

The receivers have not been appointed to nearby Castleknock Hotel and Country Club, which is a run by FBD hotels and resorts.

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