Plan for extension at Limerick’s Rathbane Golf Club

LIMERICK City Council are seeking to build a major extension at the Rathbane Golf Course.

LIMERICK City Council are seeking to build a major extension at the Rathbane Golf Course.

City Hall have lodged an application on this project with Limerick County Council, because the extension will take on lands in the county’s administrative area.

Southside councillor Ger Fahy has welcomed the plan, which will see new changing rooms, an entrance lobby and caddy storage area added to the 12-year-old site.

If it gets the go-ahead, it will be the third time in recent years the popular facility has been extended.

In 2010, Limerick City Council put €750,000 into developing the site with the construction of 25 new bunkers, the rebuilding of tee boxes, and a short game facility including a putting green.

This plan also saw the realignment of holes to incorporate a lake and new practice greens.

There will be a new junior golfing facility on the course shortly.

Fine Gael councillor Fahy said: “The reason the course is so successful is because of the great commitment of the officers and committee of the golf club, and the commitment of the members and the public to be actively involved and taking part.”

He said the extension is necessary because the current club house is “not up to a modern standard.”

“But it is also a demonstration of how successful this golf course has been. It is not just for city golfers, it is for golfers from all the area. It is for the benefit of all the people who use this golf course in the city and county. It demonstrates the major success of this golf course, the way it has enhanced development, and the commitment of Limerick city councillors to work as a partner with the golf course to ensure it works on that success,” he told the Limerick Chronicle.

City Council planners now have two weeks to submit their plans for the facility to Limerick County Council planners.

A decision will then be made later this summer.

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