|The 2nd hole at Moyvalley|
region and the golf courses especially. British golfers may not spend as much or stay as long as the cherished American links enthusiasts, but they come in greater numbers and prefer to play parkland golf. Yes, courses big and small in the Cork region will be buzzing at the news.
And then there’s Moyvalley Golf Club, undoubtedly the burning symbol of our Celtic Tiger’s excess. Designed by Darren Clarke, it cost €75,000 to join the ‘Champions Club’ when it first opened in 2006. Depending on who you believe, it got either no members or just one member at that price. Within a couple of years the hotel and golf course were knee deep in NAMA, and the annual golf sub was a mere €800.
The resort was acquired in April 2014, for between three and five million euro, and the new owners have been investing heavily to get the course back to its best. It is now entering a new phase of its evolution as Christy O’Connor Junior has been hired to upgrade and redevelop the course. Work has already started.
One of Christy’s first steps is to plant two Irish Oak trees on the opening holes as a signature feature… and rename the course accordingly. From now on the course will be known as Twin Oaks Championship Course at Moyvalley Hotel & Golf Resort.
|An oak tree!|
Consider me confused.
Perhaps it’s an indication of what O’Connor and the new owners have in mind for the place. Reading between the lines in the two press releases issued to date it is apparent from Christy’s comments that he will be making significant changes.
“The golf course has the making of a very fine golf course and it will be a pleasant task for me to bring the course in line with the top golf courses in Ireland.”
Now, whether those changes will be merely cosmetic in nature or far more comprehensive remains to be seen. But the twin oaks are just the start, both on the course and in the name.
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