Works begin next week

Great plans with major redevelopment of Slievenamon golf course - work begins

Course to be extended to a Par 70

Jeddy Walsh

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Great plans with major redevelopment of Slievenamon golf course - work begins

Slievenamon Golf Club which has announced major redevelopment works with the course now becoming a Par 70 course.

Slievenamon Golf Club located between Clonmel and Fethard in South Tipperary which has recently come under new ownership, is to begin a major redevelopment of its golf course.

Work will begin immediately on Tuesday next 5th June, following the Whit Bank Holiday weekend. The club are hoping that the full programme of work can can be completed within three weeks.

Included in the extensive list of work to be undertaken is the following:

New owners of Slievenamon announced

Tee Box Construction:

The existing Tee Boxes on  holes 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16 and 17 will be reconstructed, levelled and resodded.

New Tee boxes will be constructed for holes 5, 8 and 18.

Greens:

The exisiting par 3 17th will be extended with a new green constructed across the drain behind the current green. The 17th hole will then become a par 4.

The back of the existing green on Hole 3 will also be reshaped.

Greenside bunkers will be redeveloped on holes 9, 11, 15 and 16

Ditches:

Plans are also included for the reshaping of ditches in front of the existing 8th and 13th Tee Boxes

New openings in the ditches on 9th and 12th holes are also included in the list of work to be undertaken by the new owners.

Drainage:

Gravel bands of approximately 5,000 linear metres will be laid across the 10th, 12th and 14th holes.

In a statement released, according to the new owners Brian Powell and Mary Hand.

The new owners of Slievenamon Golf Club, Brian Powell and Mary hand, pictured with club manager/secretary Brendan Kenny.

“These are very necessary works that are required to bring our golf course up to a new standard, a standard of which we will all be proud. The course will now become a par 70. It will be a very good test of golf with fast greens and exceptionally well maintained tee boxes, fairways and roughs. Nevertheless it will remain an eminently playable course for all levels and age groups and we hope that all members and visitors will enjoy it.”

While the work is being undertaken Play will continue on the course during this period and  temporary tee boxes will be in use until the new ones are bedded in and playable. A temporary green for the 17th hole will be put in place while a new 17th green is being laid, according to the new owners.

A decision to go ahead with this ambitious re-development plan which will greatly add to the standing of the course was undertaken following a detailed assessment of the Course by Esie O’Mahony (formerly of Sol Golf) and Anthony Fitzpatrick, and a proposal for a major programme of works was submitted to the new owners.

The works involved are detailed below and the costs, while extremely competitively priced, will require a considerable additional investment. The new owners have decided to advance funds in order that the works can be carried out now, for maximum benefit to the members and the course itself, as any hold up would only serve to delay essential works and increase the costs of those works in the future.