|Killeen Castle 1st tee|
... But the fateful words 'receivership' and 'administration' are not death knells. Far from it.
Killeen CastleThe Jack Nicklaus-designed Killeen Castle golf course continues to operate very effectively in Co. Meath. Things started going wrong in the run up to the 2011 Solheim Cup. Property, as so often is the case, was the culprit. First, the castle was to be converted into a hotel but this fell through when the hotel operator Starwood pulled out. Then there were the residential properties. The plan was to build houses, a strategy adopted by many new courses (In Ireland and elsewhere) and seen as crucial to the successful financing of resorts.
|The dogleg 17th at Killeen Castle|
The course should be on every golfer's radar, with green fees rates between €40 and €110. Annual Membership is €2,000. For monthly open events, click here.
Lough Erne Hotel & Golf ResortLough Erne hosted the G8 Summit last year, despite being put into administration in May 2011. It cost Stg £35 million to build but at the time of the G8 it was for sale at £10 million. There has been considerable interest in the resort but it remains in administration... for now.
|Dad tees off on 17, back towards the hotel|
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The Lodge at DoonbegThe latest casualty to the high profile list arrived yesterday. It has taken Irish golf by surprise, but that may be due to the resort's American ownership. Even so, The Lodge at Doonbeg is the most glamorous resort we have and, as for Lough Erne, the list of awards is long. Travel magazines and websites continually rank Doonbeg among the best resorts in the world. That, in fact, may be its strongest selling point as it will prove most attractive to potential buyers. The downside is that those buyers are unlikely to be Irish. The Americans and Chinese will lead the race for Doonbeg and its superb Greg Norman-designed links golf course.
|The brilliant and tough par four 6th|
|Approach to the par five 13th|
Green Fees range from €60 to €175.
* In what has to be seen as a timely coincidence, the announcement of Doonbeg's receivership was balanced by Fota Island being announced as this year's host to the Irish Open.