Despite the disappointment of a number of Irish clubs closing down during the Coronavirus lockdown, one of Belfast’s oldest clubs has enjoyed a relatively prosperous time away from the fairways.
With an official return to golf last Monday, the management at Dunmurry Golf Club on the southern outskirts of Belfast, has been spending the ‘course closed’ times processing new membership applications.
“I am absolutely delighted as we have received 30 new applications,” said General Manager Colin Adair to PA.
“The car park is full this morning and there are lots of happy faces about the place.
“When we heard the First and Deputy First Ministers’ (Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill) announcement on Monday evening that clubs could reopen, we were nearly ready.
“We have been running around, our benches were out of use, the bins were not in use, all the on-course stuff had to be done.”
Dunmurry was founded in 1905 and boast some 600 members.
Adair indicated the average age of club members is 56 but then like many clubs throughout Ireland, there are many members in their 70s and 80s.
The good aspect at Dunmurry said Adair is that many members had paid their dues in April knowing they would not be playing for two months.
“The golfers are the stakeholders and they have to support the club during these times,” Adair said.