Castlebar Golf Club Reconfiguration of Course.
Progress Report 28/09/2018.
The following is an up to date on the course development – As you are aware the contract for the reconfiguration of our new course was signed with Dar Golf on 17th January 2018 . The contractor commenced works on the 9th. April 2018 and the Phase (1) works were substantially complete by the end of July . The new holes are now going through the “grow-in” phase and they will be ready for play in late Spring of 2019. Maintenance works on the new holes are being carried out by the course staff under the direction of the course committee . These works are being monitored by Trevor Norris of Turfgrass , Golf Agronomists. The company are very pleased with the condition of the new fairways and greens. Turfgrass has also been used for advice on the maintenance of the existing course for the past two years. We will be carrying out landscaping works (planting of trees etc) over the winter period on some of the new holes.
Works will commence on the Phase (2) course in Spring of 2019 (weather depending) and the holes constructed under Phase (1) should be fit for play by May 2019.
Phase (2) Course. The drawings for the phase (2) course are on display in the Clubhouse and an electronic version of the drawing will be put up on the Club’s website shortly. This course will follow existing holes (1), (2), and (3) and then the new holes (4), (5), (6), (7) & (8) and back on the old course from the 9th to the 18th. Therefore the old holes (5) (6) and (7) will be out of play. A temporary green will be required on the 1st hole and this may be played as a long par three rather than as a short par four. The Phase (2) Hole (5) ( old & new eight) will also be a par three to facilitate the building of a new tee.
Phase (2) Works. The Phase (2) works will include the reconstruction of the first green , construction of the new 3rdgreen , new 4th hole ( old 5th -fairway to be moved) , works on the new 5th (old 6th), and the new 7h which will be constructed partly on the “ Heneghan” land .These works will be substantially complete by the end of July 2019.
Final Phase – Option “C” . The remaining works on the final course Option “C” will commence in Spring 2020 and the new course will come into play for the 2020 Golf season.
Finances . All the works to date are on budget in accordance with the contract signed with Dar Golf and the agreement reached with Mayo County Council in July 2017.
G.U.I. / I.L.G.U Approval . It will be necessary for the Club to obtain GUI & ILGU approval under C.O.N.G.U. for the new Option “C” course and for the Phase (2) course as a variation on the new course.
The Unions’ approval will also be required so that the Phase (2) course can be used for inter-Club competitions. These arrangements will be made by the new committee over the winter. I would like to thank all of you for your cooperation so far with the development, as we look forward to playing the new holes in a matter of months.