Wicklow golf course sells for €1.5 million
A golf investor scuppered farmers' interest in securing the 274ac Rathsallagh Golf Club after a private tender sale. The new owner is believed to have paid in excess of €1.5m for the property and intends to reopen it for golfing.
Located next to the renowned Rathsallagh House near Dunlavin, Co Wicklow the club and its lands are 3km south of Dunlavin village and 15km from Naas.
Designed by Christy O'Connor Jnr and Peter McEvoy the course was officially opened in 1995 by the legendary Australian golfer Peter Thompson and became one of the top courses in Ireland and the UK.
The property includes several natural and man-made features along with a substantial modern golf clubhouse of around 1,050sqm.
The adjoining Rathsallagh House Hotel is accessed by various rights of way over the property.
While there was considerable agricultural interest in the lands from across the sectors, the golf investor won the day. Farmers looking at the property undoubtedly factored in the cost of turning the golf course back into farmland, a process that can be expensive.
The O'Flynn family, who have been running the neighbouring Rathsallagh Country House for the past 30 years, are delighted with the sale.
"We are really looking forward to working with the new owners of the golf club.