The Atlantic storms off late hurled a heavy blow on many golf courses. Two of the most damaged names are Rosses Point & Doonbeg golf clubs. Albeit some of the clubs were able to stand against the coastal erosion given their “rock armour” defense mechanism yet these two clubs were not so fortunate.
The “rock armour” defense helps to limit the damage, restricting the fallout to mere debris, rocks and litter-nothing which the old-fashioned manual cleanup can’t sort out.
Doonbeg Co Clare golf club has been made famous by G. Norman while Co Sligo Rosses Point golf club is the conventional home ground of West Ireland amateur tournament. Both the courses had their dune complexes severely devastated given the menacing combination of storm force and high tides taking a toll on them. The backward tee- one among the 4- on eighteenth hole at the Doonbeg club was completely swept away.
However, the Doonbeg director Joe Russell is a really positive person. “At least our club still has got 3 tee boxes”, remarked Russell.
The good news is that the rock armour defense has been a great savior for a number of golf courses hit by storm & high tide. Among these the most prominent names are Dooks, Ballybunion & Tralee. All these courses have been guarded by rock armour along their shoreline to defend them against the damaging coastal erosion.
“We could escape thanks to the very presence of rock armour safeguarding the dunes”, noted Dooks course superintendent Michael Shanahan. The Dooks course have been under the rock armour protection since the 80’s and more such guards have been fixed off late as well.”If the rock armour had not been there, we would have been surely devastated. I can estimate- we could have lost out on guts of as many as 9 holes.”