A planning application has been lodged for development works at Ballyneety golf club to include a five-a-side soccer pitch, a handball alley, a children’s playground, a community creche, a ‘crazy golf’ course and expanded car parking facilities, as well as other works.
This is part of a €600,000 project to develop community facilities at the club, which reopened in 2013 after being closed for a number of years.
The latest planning application is for 80-acres of community and recreational facilities on the 183-acre site just at the edge of Ballyneety village.
Other amenities included in the plans include an archery range, pop-up children’s campsite and picnic area and a new walkway/jogging trail.
Hugh O’Donnell, chairman of the development committee, said they were “happy” with the progress to date.
The committee is currently working on a two-strand process. On one hand, they have a deadline of 2016 to raise approximately €1.4m to complete the buyout of the club from the Quintas wealth management group, which acquired it on behalf of the club in 2013.
Running in parallel with this is the design and planning process for the new facility, which is aimed at encouraging local people to use the facilities.
“Everything is going to plan. We are moving in the right direction,” said Mr O’Donnell.
They have been liaising closely with the local community and have held a number of events in the club to keep people up to date on the progress they are making.
To date, the club has received a commitment of €200,000 from “philanthropic sources” and the development committee are confident of securing approximately €600,000 from fundraising activities, membership fees, donations, commercial activities and sponsorship.
In addition to this the committee is seeking funding of €50,000 per annum for five years from Limerick City and County Council. At a meeting in the clubhouse in October, local councillors were told that such funding would act as “a catalyst” to make the project happen.
Architect David Leahy, who drew up the plans for this facility, described it as “an incredible site” and explained that the objective of the project is to allow local people to make use of the amenity.
“We want to embrace the community and anyone who wants to enjoy this wonderful facility, ” he said.