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Celebration: President Tommy Crowley and Captains Clara Brosnan and Sean Finn

Celebration: President Tommy Crowley and Captains Clara Brosnan and Sean Finn

Celebration: President Tommy Crowley and Captains Clara Brosnan and Sean Finn

Kenmare Golf Club will mark the start of a new era on Sunday when it officially opens its new clubhouse after two years of planning and hard work.

In the early hours of 1 June 2020, an electrical fault caused a fire that destroyed the building at a time when lockdown restrictions were starting to ease.

The original building was first mentioned at a club committee meeting in September 1925 when a decision was made to purchase a pavilion from the Lansdowne estate, originally used as a hunting lodge in India.

Fundraising and Rebuild committees started work as smoke was still rising from the ashes of the old building.

Thanks to unprecedented support, the re-build began in early 2021, and despite Covid, lockdowns, rising costs and supply delays, a magnificent building was delivered in time for a soft opening in May ahead of Sunday’s grand opening.

The new building has been designed to retain the character of the original but incorporates all the facilities and modern conveniences required in 2022.

“This building provides us with everything we need and feedback from our visitors has been very positive,” manager John Sullivan said.

The club, which culminates a week of open competitions with an “Opening Classic” tomorrow and Saturday, is famous for its annual 3 Brother Classic, which will take place this year from September 9-10.

The event is full and strictly limited to 57 teams with waiting list slots open for 2023 applicants via info@kenmaregolfclub.com.

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