It has been exciting times lately for everyone involved with Carlow Golf Club as the darkness of Covid lockdowns finally seems to have been drowned out by the summer light.
Following a long spell away from the course for its members, the Deerpark and Oak Park courses reopened in May and have been full of vibrancy ever since.
Speaking to KCLR’s Sunday Scoreline, Carlow Golf Club Captain Michael Kirwan said that the club has built up a lot of momentum since its return.
He said: “The fact that we were closed for so long with Covid meant that there was a big demand for people to return to golf.
“With the warm weather also, people have been on the course all day every day. It’s great to see the buzz around the course.”
The 18-hole Deerpark course has been revamped after a spell in which it was far from peak condition. 2019 Captain Adrian Regan set plans in place to improve the course, plans that have now come to fruition as the course finds itself in pristine condition.
“Adrian set in motion all of these schemes to get the course back to its best. When he became captain in 2019 the course was probably at its worst.
“We were able to get the time to improve the look of the course and the playability of the course because of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Kirwan.
Kirwan also paid tribute to the Oak Park course and how important it is to the club particularly in the winter months.
“The Oak Park course gives us the opportunity to close nine holes every second week. It’s been a huge benefit because it allows both courses to be in great condition particularly during the winter months.”
The Carlow Golf Club Captain went on to praise the members of the club throughout the last year and also stressed the importance of the upcoming Pro-Am for the club.
“The Pro-Am is so important because it allows us to garner publicity for the club and it really shows off everything that we have to offer at Carlow Golf Club.
“Covid had a huge financial impact on the club so the Pro-Am is a real boost, but thanks to our members we have been able to come out the other side in a good state.
“They paid their fees when they weren’t even playing golf so it’s down to them that we are in a good position now.”