Reports of closure of Knockanally Golf Club closure

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Conor McHugh

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Conor McHugh

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Reports of closure of Knockanally Golf Club closure

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The Leinster Leader has learned that Knockanally Golf Course closed over the weekend.

It is believed the decision to close was made at an EGM meeting last Friday evening, and that it will be put up for sale.

The golf course, which is in a very rural part of the county, between Newtown, Kilcock, Johnstown bridge and Donadea was bought in 2013 after it was offered for sale for quite a low price of €700,000. It was bought for €1.1 million by the Warwickshire based St Francis Group, although it’s reported that some bidders considered transforming it into a farm.

Since then, there has been extensive renovation of the clubhouse and of the golf course.

The clubhouse is a large 19th century Palladian-style mansion (743 square metres) and is surrounded by a full 120-acre golf course.

In 2013, a gate lodge and five further houses were included in the offering for sale.

At the time, the club was reported to have 300 members.

Knocknally was originally designed and owned by Noel Lyons and was opened for play in 1985.

This isn’t the first time the club has suffered financial upheaval.

It went into liquidation in the past around the time of the recession. The Leinster Leader attempted to contact both Knockanally Golf Club and St Francis Group but as of the time of going to press, no response had been received.