'Ireland's best little golf club' – Slievenamon - for sale as a going concern

Jeddy Walsh

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Slievenamon Golf Club for sale as a going concern

The Slievenamon Golf Club team who won the All-Ireland Michael Cashman Trophy at finals at Castlebar Golf Club, County May in September of 2016.

Slievenamon Golf Club, located approximately five miles from Clonmel, has been put up for sale by its owners, the Lalor family.

A letter read out to club committees at a meeting on Wednesday night stated:

“We have made a family decision to put Slievenamon on the market as a going concern. As it will be sold as a golf club, this will not affect the course or membership. The family will be present for as long as needed to ensure a smooth handover.” – The Lalor family.

The picturesque golf club, which is approximately half-way between Clonmel and Fethard, officially opened in June of 1999 and was affiliated to the GUI in November of the same year. Since then it has been run principally by Margaret and Kevin Lalor and family, with Brendan Kenny long-time secretary at the club.

The 18-hole par 67 course which plays 4,846 yards long (over 90 acres), has been a very popular venue for golfers over the past 20 years or so, since the sport was first played there in 1998. It has a membership close on 1,000  and is a very popular club with a huge distance membership base. It has a tremendously strong ladies section of 170 members and is well liked by senior golfers for its flat terrain and shorter length.

The Lalor family, who have decided to retire from the business, have placed the property on the open market for sale with REA Stokes & Quirke, Clonmel (Tel: 052 6121788) - contact John Stokes who will be handling the sale.

The property offers huge scope for further development as it has a state of the art clubhouse with a beautifully appointed diningroom and fully fitted out kitchen facilities, and is capable of hosting all kinds of social functions independent of golf.

On the course there is also a one-acre Ring Fort  which has remained untouched over the years and there is a preservation order on the 4th hole as it is a natural habitat for various wildlife. Add to that, the beauty of the famed and mystic Slievenamon Mountain overlooking the course, and you have a truly beautiful setting for golf.

On the fairways, home and abroad, Slievenamon Golf Club has enjoyed much success over recent years with 2016 a magnificent year for the club.

At Carton House well-known club member Pat Ryan retained the Irish Open Singles Matchplay Championship, a truly remarkable achievement considering the competition is open to every player in the country.

And at the Old Course in St. Andrews in Scotland the Slievenamon Golf Club pairing of Shane Kenny and Colin Allen (pictured above at St. Andrews) made history when winning the HolmPatrick Cup for the second time and in doing so were crowned the All Ireland Champions for 2016.

It was the first time in the 80 years history of the Holmpatrick Cup that a team has managed to retain the cup.

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And in September last Slievenamon Golf Club made history when the club won their first GUI All Ireland Green Pennant in Castlebar Golf Club, the Michael Cashman Cup.

The current captains at Slievenamon G.C. are Stuart Perry and Dr. Carmel Condon.

The course record at Slievenamon Golf Club is held by former Fethard GAA Club and Tipperary footballer Denis Burke with a 65.