Tuesday 27 September 2016

Roganstown weathers the recession storm in style

Published 18/08/2016 | 02:30

Hard work is now paying off for Roganstown Hotel and Country Club
Hard work is now paying off for Roganstown Hotel and Country Club

Irish golf suffered some economic hammer blows at the height of the recession, but diversity and hard work has helped the family-run Roganstown Hotel and Country Club survive the maelstrom in style.

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The north county Dublin resort boasts 36 holes, a 52-bedroom hotel and the facilities to host everything from conferences to weddings - all less than half an hour from the city centre.

Founded in 2004, the course would not exist were it not for the mother of proprietor Ian McGuinness, who was one of the first entrepreneurs in Ireland to create a pay-and-play golf facility.

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Denise McLoughlin's first husband died when Ian was just a baby and she remarried farmer Joe McLoughlin, whose family had worked the land at Roganstown since his grandfather bought 350 acres for £9,000 in 1916.

A past lady captain of Balbriggan and Swords golf clubs, she suggested there could be an opening for golf at a moderate green fee price and that led to the creation of the nine-hole Swords Open golf course in the early 1990s.

It was so popular that it was soon extended to 18 holes, to the delight of a growing clientele.

The rest, as they say, is history.

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Measuring 7,000 yards from the back tees, this par 71 championship course borders the Broadmeadow River and there is no shortage of water, which comes into play on 12 of the 18 holes.

"We are not five star, we are pitched at the mid level," McGuinness says. "We are a small, family-run, 52-bedroom hotel in a resort close to Dublin.

"We are a family running the club with 36 holes, just 15 minutes from the airport and 25 minutes from the city.

"Whether you want to do a corporate events or host a meeting for up to 300 people, or simply want to have your wedding in beautiful, rural surroundings, we can make it happen."

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