Clontarf members put failed move behind them as plans for Centenary take shape
Whatever happened to Clontarf Golf Club?
Remember the story -- Clontarf full members to get €100,000 each -- with pro-rata payments for other categories of membership -- to do a swap deal with Portmarnock Links?
It was all systems go in November 2007 when a majority of the members voted in favour of the move.
Unfortunately, in July 2008, the plug was pulled by Capel Developments, the owners of Portmarnock Links, due to the "extraordinary change in the economic climate."
In retrospect, that was completely understating the appalling financial state of the country, but at the time, it was a huge blow to the financial expectations of Clontarf members.
Time moves on, and the good news is that the club is still in its Marino base and preparations are well under way for their centenary year in 2012.
Clontarf has spent €1.25m in course and clubhouse improvements and a new professional's shop for club pro Eamonn Brady.
Good news for potential new members is that the entrance fee has been reduced from €10,000 to €2,500 for full membership, and from €5,000 to €1,000 for a five-day membership.
And, given that Clontarf won the Jimmy Bruen Shield national pennant in 2008, and again in 2010 backboned by young players, it's appropriate that entry is open to boys and girls from 11 years of age upwards.