Ireland’s lost golf courses: What happens when the gates close?

Covid-19 pandemic was final nail in the coffin for a number of clubs which will be missed

The first hole at Djouce Golf Club which closed in April.

The first hole at Djouce Golf Club which closed in April.

Ireland is full of golf courses. Take a drive anywhere around the country and your eyes will inevitably be drawn away from the road as you pass different clubs. That’s what happened on a drive back from Glendalough recently but this time there was something different. As the trees parted and the course came into view it was clear that this was a rare sight. There were no people walking the fairways, not a flagpole to be seen, an empty car park and a vacated clubhouse.

The chance to have a look around an abandoned golf course doesn’t come up too often so, despite the rain that was falling, the empty car park now had one space taken up.

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