Wicklow golf club members hit out at ‘catastrophic’ plans to cut course in half
Members of a local golf club have come out swinging after discovering the N11/M11 upgrade could cut their grounds in half.
Two of four proposed routes for the major roads upgrade cut through Delgany Golf Club. One goes directly through the clubhouse.
The 1,000 members who own the club said the proposals would force the 112-year-old course to close. They also say local people would lose access to the woodland walks, clubhouse facilities and competitions that are open to the Delgany community.
They are backed by retired professional golfer Eamonn Darcy, who began his career caddying at the club, according to a report in today’s Irish Independent.
Plans to upgrade the 22km stretch of severely congested roadway running from Loughlinstown in south Co Dublin to Ashford in Co Wicklow were first outlined last year. It was understood locally that the intention was to widen the existing route.
The project was expected to be controversial as the route runs through Kilmacanogue village and the Glen of the Downs nature reserve. A major legal battle took place prior to its upgrade from a single lane road to a dual-carriageway in 2003.
Widening the existing route is still an option, as is a proposal to divert to a new route around the nature reserve, but the two routes through the golf club were not expected.
In a letter of objection to Wicklow County Council, Delgany Golf Club says it represents the views of 1,000 members and the many community groups who use the facilities, including a choir, drama group, bridge club and children’s cadet programme.
“To proceed with either of these two route options would be catastrophic as they would lead to the closure of Delgany Golf Club,” says the letter, signed by the captain and lady captain, Martin and Diane Reid.