Renowned architect to design Douglas

WORLD-RENOWNED golf course architect Robert Trent Jones has been appointed architect to the two courses planned by Douglas Golf Club for their new site at Ballinrea, Co Cork.

Jones was at The K Club yesterday and revealed some of his plans for what he regards as anideal 420 acre site which is located 1.4 miles from the club’s present home.

Jones was accompanied by John Clerkin and Gavin Kelly of Turf Grass Consultancy who will act as project managers and MikeGorman of his architectural team.

All were highly enthusiastic about the potential of the new site where two 18 hole Jones designed courses will be augmented bya state of the art clubhouse,academy, practice range and 50 buggies!

Douglas are understood to be receiving €50 million cash from Castlelands Ltd while the total cost of the development extends to another €121m, contingent on rezoning and planning approval.

“It is a fantastic heathland/parkland site and we are confident it will be ideal for our purposes”, said Jones whose father, the late Trent senior, was responsible for some of the game’s most famous courses.

He designed Adare Manor in Co Limerick that came in for ravereviews having hosted the recent Irish Open, and the Cashen Course at Ballybunion.

His son has followed in his footsteps and his name is linked with some of the most impressive venues worldwide.

A links-style course of his was recently opened in Chambers Bay, Washington, where the favoured means of access are by rail or boat.

Douglas are equally satisfied with the routing plan submitted by Turf Grass Consultancy and the Jones team. Secretary/Manager Ronan Burke said that the members asked for alterations which have now been implemented and they will be circularised with the final details within the next few days.

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