Kenmare Golf Club will mark the start of a new era on Sunday when it officially opens its new clubhouse after two years of planning and hard work.
In the early hours of June 1, 2020, a power outage caused a fire that destroyed the building at a time when lockdown measures began to ease.
The original building was first mentioned at a club committee meeting in September 1925 when a decision was made to purchase a lodge from the Lansdowne estate, originally used as a hunting lodge in India.
Fundraising and reconstruction committees began work as smoke still rose from the ashes of the old building.
Thanks to unprecedented support, reconstruction began in early 2021, and despite Covid, lockdowns, rising costs and procurement delays, a magnificent building was delivered in time for a smooth opening in May before the official opening on Sunday.
The new building has been designed to retain the character of the original but incorporates all modern facilities and conveniences required in 2022.
“This building provides everything we need and feedback from our visitors has been very positive,” said manager John Sullivan.
The club, which culminates a week of open competition with an ‘Opening Classic’ tomorrow and Saturday, is famous for its 3 annual Brother Classic, which this year takes place from September 9-10.
The event is sold out and strictly limited to 57 teams with waitlist slots open for 2023 applicants via [email protected]