By Kieran Murphy
CARLOW Golf Club has sent an e-mail to members stressing that both the Deerpark and Oak Park courses are closed following an incident during the week involving a number of people who attempted to play the course despite the Covid 19 restrictions on movement.
“We did have a couple of intruders the other day,” men’s captain John Brophy told The Nationalist. “They didn’t have trolleys or bags but they had a couple of clubs each and they were spotted. They legged it and left the course over the back of the second on the Oak Park road,” he revealed.
He did admit he was concerned when staff members caught those trying to play the course.
The email reminds members that there will be frequent course inspections on a daily basis and that members must stay away until further notice.
“This is just to get the word out to people that the course is being monitored,” says John. “We want to remind people at a time when the weather is so good and with the long weekend and the stretch in the days, they are missing their golf.”
If there is a positive to come out of the current closure, it is that golf club staff have wide open spaces to carry out course repair work. After a few fraught years where poor weather and issues with the greens saw deterioration in the quality of the course, the Carlow facility has come in for praise from visitors and members alike over the last 12 months.
“There is plenty of work going on on the course. From the point of view of the green-keepers, they normally have to work around members. When it opens again it should be in great nick,” predicted John.