The members of Fernhill Golf Club in Carrigaline received a shock last week when they were informed that the owners would not be renewing club memberships in January 2017. Having confirmed 2017 membership terms only a few weeks ago, the latest from the owners is that they can no longer fund the ongoing losses. It’s unclear if the course will close from January or if it will revert to a pay and play facility. In recent years the owners developed a covered driving range and short game area.
This is second time that the club is facing closure. At the outset of planning for the N28 over a decade ago, the owner decided not to renew the arrangement with the club members. At that stage there was speculation that the course may be used for development, but it continued to operate as a pay and play facility. In 2007 the club was re-established and it was also re-affiliated with the Golfing Union of Ireland. A ladies club was also established.
The revised route for the N28 (Cork-Ringaskiddy) which was released in late 2014 avoided the need for the NRA to purchase the golf course and many members would have felt that their biggest threat was behind them.
Neither the owner or the club committee have commented on the developments from last week.