Thursday 27 October 2016

Curragh gets Royal seal of approval from members

Published 25/08/2016 | 02:30

Royal Curragh is looking better than ever and membership is rising
Royal Curragh is looking better than ever and membership is rising

It might be the oldest golf course and golf club in Ireland, but an intensive focus on quality has also made Royal Curragh Golf Club one of the most progressive.

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Golf has been played at the Curragh since 1852 and having squeaked through the financial meltdown that affected dozens of clubs across the country, forcing many painful closures, the future looks bright again.

When a club has been around for more than 150 years, it's easy to fall into a rut, but Royal Curragh is going through something of a mini boom, with membership on the rise again and the course looking better than ever thanks to an intensive maintenance programme.

For more than a century, golfers had shared the course with the sheep that roamed the Curragh plain. When a deal was done with local farmers that allowed the club to fence off the course from the sheep, the Curragh suddenly had so much grass that the course soon became US Open tough.

Green fee income fell as visitors stayed away, but the arrival of Carr Golf to manage maintenance operations revolutionised matters and membership is on the up.

Until August 31, limited mid-season membership is available with Ordinary Membership to January 2018 costing €1,395. There is also an age restricted Intermediate Membership offer of €835. Email for details or call (045) 441714.

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