Sunday 19 May 2019

Dangerous pitch-and-putt course closed

Ralph Riegel

A DEPARTMENT of Defence pitch-and-putt course has been shut down because it is too dangerous to play.

However, the 75-members of the Templebreedy P&P Club in Crosshaven, Co Cork, are furious that their facility was closed without consultation and despite the club's expenditure of over ?26,000 to address safety and liability issues.

The Department of Defence directed that the course be closed after a damning report which highlighted serious safety concerns over the facility.

The report, drawn up by safety experts, found that the course posed an unacceptable risk of injury because of poorly maintained manhole covers and the existence of subterranean caverns and trenches as well as excessively steep hill-side steps.

A department spokesman acknowledged the anger of club members - but said they had no other option.

"We have to protect the taxpayers from any big bill which could arise because of these issues," he said.

But club chairman Conor Foley was furious at the lack of consultation.

"We have written to Defence Minister Willie O'Dea to tell him of our shock over the fact that we can no longer play the course," he said.

Mr Foley said the club maintained a public liability insurance policy and so department fears about claims were without foundation.

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