There was shock this week at the sudden annoucnment that Killinbeg Golf Club is to close with the loss of six jobs.
The move will also leave 170 members without the use of the golf club situated a few minutes’ drive north west of Dundalk.
The course closed with immediate effect this week, leaving staff shocked and in the lurch.
The sudden turn of events has come after the owner of the club sold the land on which the club is situated.
It is understood that the land has been bought by a farmer who intends to use it as agricultural land.
The owner held a meeting with staff at 9am on Tuesday morning in which he told them of the sale and that the club would close the very same day.
There was a senior’s tournament on that morning and news quickly spread to members.
On Tuesday the club issued a short statement saying: “We have been informed by representative of the owner of Killin Park that the facility has been sold and that the new owner does not intend to run it as a golf course.
“We are trying to gather as much information as possible and we hope to hold an information meeting for the members possibly this Friday.”
By 5pm the club had closed its doors.
An emergency meeting of the club’s members was held at Dundalk Rugby Club on Friday evening.
Speaking before the meeting a member of the club, who wished to remain anonymous, says that members are in shock over the closure.
“We are completely devastated. The club celebrated its 21st anniversary last year. It’s unbelieveable.”
“Six people are being made unemployed. There was no warning at all.”
The meeting will address member’s concerns regarding whether or not they will be fully refunded.
There was an outpouring of upset and no little anger on the Facebook page, where members spoke of their astonishment at the shock closure. Some questioned whether there would need to be a change of use on planning permission to switch it to agricultural use, while others spoke of their fond memories of the club.
The 18 hole, par 69 golf course has been in existence on the 20 acre site for twenty two years.