Golf club to eye survival options

A FINANCIALLY troubled Kerry golf club is set to close unless the 300 members can come up with a rescue formula.

Beaufort Golf Club members have been invited to an extraordinary general meeting tonight at which a number of options are due to be considered.

A proposal to lease the facility for a year from the owners, Galvin Developments Ltd, is expected to be put forward.

The banks have already indicated they are no longer prepared to continue financing the Beaufort golf resort development and it now looks as if the members will have to come up with a late proposal to save the facility.

The club has a full-time staff of 10 who have been put on protective notice.

The owners are planning to keep the course open pending the outcome of a proposal from members.

Such a proposal would also require the approval of the banks.

The club is an important element of tourism in the area, with tourism interests raising concerns about the adverse effects the closure would have locally.

“We need to keep the golf course open in order to continue attracting tourists,” said Beaufort Community Council chairman Tim Moriarty.


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