Wednesday, February 18, 2015

We Say Goodbye to Rathsallagh GC

The 13th at Rathsallagh
[Please note that as of June 2016, the course has re-opened: See relevant blog, here]

And it is a sad goodbye. Rathsallagh Golf Club was a vibrant, big and impressive parkland course, boasting mature trees that shepherded you along all day long. They caused beautiful challenges off the tee and on numerous approaches. You hated and loved those trees in equal measure.

Rathsallagh liked to boast that no tree was felled during the construction of the course. And that is undoubtedly why it feels so natural.

A brief chat with Joe Flynn, the owner of Rathsallagh House (and the golf course), revealed why the course closed a few days ago: the new owners defaulted on their payment and the bank charged in. And we know how 'friendly' and 'reasonable' banks can be!

[A quick note here to say that I have not quoted Joe. I am summarising what he said. However a Wicklow website has erroneously taken the final two sentences above and attributed them to him as a quote. Apologies to Joe]

Here are five photos that show off just some of the beauty of this Co. Wicklow golf course. With luck, something this good won't stay closed for very long.

The opening hole is a par five

The par three 4th

The par three 7th, green to tee, photographed from the walk to the 2nd.

The magnificent Index 1,  par four 10th 

The short, very tight par four 15th 
You can still stay at the enchanting Rathsallagh House... and you can still enjoy the best breakfast in Ireland.

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