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    €170m for Douglas Golf Club

    @@@@SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Golf club gets €170m offer to tee-off somewhere else@@@@/SPAN>
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    @@@@SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">@@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">A LEADING golf club has received a €170m offer to relocate to a new home. @@@@/SPAN>


    @@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">@@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Douglas Golf Club in Maryborough, @@@@/SPAN><st1:City><ST1[img]smileys/razz.gif[/img]@@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Cork@@@@/SPAN></ST1[img]smileys/razz.gif[/img]</st1:City>@@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">, a few miles from the city centre, is in talks with Mallow-based Castlelands Construction. @@@@/SPAN>


    @@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">@@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">The package deal involves a cash payment of €50m, with the remaining €120m invested in a 36-hole golfing facility with a golf academy and a clubhouse which will be up to "K Club standard", according to members. @@@@/SPAN>


    @@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">@@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Douglas@@@@/SPAN></ST1[img]smileys/razz.gif[/img]@@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">, founded in 1909, is on a site measuring around 120 acres which @@@@/SPAN><ST1[img]smileys/razz.gif[/img]</ST1[img]smileys/razz.gif[/img]@@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">auctioneers assess at worth roughly €100m. @@@@/SPAN>


    @@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">@@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">More than 600 members attended an information meeting at the Rochestown Park Hotel on Monday night for a presentation on behalf of the developers. @@@@/SPAN>


    @@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">@@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Present were the golf club members; representatives of Castlelands; a spokesman for Turfgrass Consultancy which specialises in golf course development and project management; and representatives of internationally renowned course designer Robert Trent Jones II. @@@@/SPAN>


    @@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">@@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">The members were given a polished display with 3-D computer-generated representations of how their proposed new home would appear when complete. @@@@/SPAN>


    @@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">@@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Inevitably questions arose as to the cash element - it is the largest sum offered to an Irish golf club since Bray agreed the first land swap deal of the modern era in 1998. @@@@/SPAN>


    @@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">@@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">The @@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Douglas@@@@/SPAN></ST1[img]smileys/razz.gif[/img]@@@@SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FON
    “Well done, Paul – that was some performance by Munster. A famous victory!”
    <font color=RED>“It was unreal!”</font>
    “and what about those wonderful supporters, Paul – what have you got to say about them?”
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    “Well congratulations Paul – you’ve been voted man of the match today. How does that feel?”
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    #2
    Lucky Douglas Golf Club members!

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      #3
      How many apartments could they get on that land?

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        #4

        Originally posted by TonyD
        @@@@SPAN style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Verdana;">@@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Verdana;">The members were given a polished display with 3-D computer-generated representations of how their proposed new home would appear when complete.</font>@@@@/SPAN>

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          #5
          Mono! DOH![img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]

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            #6
            it's a disgrace, they shouldnt get planning permission

            not much point having houses if theres no green space

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              #7
              Very interesting for members of the club alright. If they have any sense they will move

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                #8


                I think Youghal GC were made an offer and turned it down, dony know if it was a firm offer on paper or what.


                It becomes impossible for some clubs who are effectively land locked by residential developments and are at the mercy of these residents regarding legal actions. I think Douglas are in this situation to some extent.


                Go &amp; Go now
                Anybody who sees a psychiatrist would want their head examined.*&nb sp;Henry Ford

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                  #9


                  Originally posted by Munster Mad
                  Very interesting for members of the club alright. If they have any sense they will move

                  Absolutely
                  http://www.rebelwaves.com

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                    #10
                    no it's jsut greed, moneygrabbing pikeyism is symptomatic of our
                    society at present unfortunately

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                      #11
                      Lads the traffic in Douglas is bad enough at the moment without another 2000 houses being built up the road.

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                        #12


                        Originally posted by Piquet
                        Lads the traffic in Douglas is bad enough at the moment without another 2000 houses being built up the road.

                        Mayor Harry is putting in an underground system in Douglas City

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                          #13


                          Originally posted by joeglum
                          no it's jsut greed, moneygrabbing pikeyism is symptomatic of our
                          society at present unfortunately

                          I played Douglas recently and they have no option other than to move. With all the housing around the boundaries of the course they will be forced to shorten the course further so they may aswell move and get a new 36 hole facility

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                            #14
                            madness, I feel sorry for the people living up that road, no infrastructure at all while 1000's of extra houses going to be built. Douglas itself has changed utterly, a terrible beauty has been born, way too much traffic in downtown Douglas city now. All the old places I used to play are now gone, Mulcon Woods, Maryborough Woods etc...all covered with concrete now. I know lots of fellas who are members but I think a lot of members are middle aged and older, this may sway them a little.

                            Where is the new proposed course to be developed?

                            To be honest it's a crap enough course anyway.


                            Frank the Tank is not coming back. OK? That part of me is over, water under the bridge.

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                              #15

                              First up the existing golf course would have to be re-zoned to residential, no easy task. Secondly the proposed golf course will have to get planning permission, no easy task either.

                              Why does the fact that there is additonal housing going up (which is only on one side) mean that they will be forced to shorten the course? The only reason to shorten the course if DGC decide to sell some land to O'Brien &amp; O'Flynn for Maryborough Woods. It's bounded on the other sides by roads.

                              This has nothing to do with expanding Douglas Golf Club, it has all to with money. Moving to a new location with improved facilities makes the GC more marketable, putting it on a par with Fota. With the construction of Maryborough Woods, Maryborough Ridge along with a plethora of other developments the number of people living on/off Maryborough Hill has grown exponentially with no visible addition of public/community services.

                              The top of Maryborough Hill has been zoned residential/agricultural with one golf course development having been refused planning permission. It's hard to see DGC going anywhere other than in the environs of the airport.

                              I personally can't see this development going ahead on a number of grounds, but where there's a bung there's a way.

                              The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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