It claimed that Northern Irish golf courses offered better value than their southern counterparts... hmmm, still?
[Ballybunion Cashen par 3 16th]
I would dispute this. Two years ago, yes, I would agree wholeheartedly, but last year, while ROI green fees fell (by up to 70% in some places), NI green fees rose and remain at or marginally above 2008 rates.
"It's totally unreasonable to expect people to pay nearly €300 for a round of golf if you want to get people into the country spending money - and to get Irish people out there playing as well you have to charge realistic rates," said Consumer Association of Ireland (CAI) chairman Michael Kilcoyne. However, The K Club claims their green fees are comparable with other top courses worldwide and reflect the fact the course was designed by Arnold Palmer.
"Because of his name and the fact that the Ryder Cup was held there also helped in establishing the prices," a K Club spokesman said.