‘Fees are set according to what we feel it’s worth’
Are members’ playing rights limited?
“Members have no restriction on the amount of golf they play, seven days a week. They can bring their guests too to enjoy the facility for a discounted rate. In fact, they can bring seven guests at a time — the three to play with them and another fourball to follow them. Plus the Carriage House is a clubhouse of sorts, and it’s pretty special, so the membership is very active.”
Are you worried about affordability for green fees?
“We encourage pay and play golf and we encourage to book in advance. Caddies are compulsory for our visitors — one to enhance the experience of the guest and second, golf course maintenance. It’s a high maintenance golf course, our fees are set according to what we feel it’s worth as an experience. It does price out like a world class golf experience, but we’re judging our pricing on our product. I think we’d enhance any list of must-play courses in Ireland.”
Will it be open all year around?
We were unfortunate with a fire at the Carriage House, so instead of opening the golf course in August 2017, the upside was we were afforded an exceptional grow-in period until April this year. The circumstances were unfortunate, but you’d seldom have that facility again and with the weather this summer, the place has been literally blooming. From November, the course will remain open for play from Wednesday to Sunday. The Irish weather will dictate a lot to us.
We are not a golf course that is going to have 3,000 rounds on it — we couldn’t maintain a course in the condition that we demand with that amount of footfall. With our 15-minute intervals in playing times we are ensuring, through the caddies, that the experience of a championship golf course doesn’t have to be one of those five-hour rounds. Again, it’s about enhancing the experience.”