Kilkenny golf club like a war zone as 150 trees blown down in storm

Sean Keane


Sean Keane

Kilkenny city’s golf club was one of the worst affected places by Wednesday’s storm.

The course resembles a war zone with over 150 trees knocked and debris strewn everywhere. The course is closed as staff work tirelessly to clean up. However, the scale of the destruction is so grave that they have asked members of the club to go to the site tomorrow morning, Saturday, to help with the massive operation.

The full scale of the damage at the club in Glendine, off the Castlecomer Road only became apparent on Thursday morning as daylight broke.

The 12th hole in particular was badly hit with tree after tree knocked along the left as you walk up the par 5.

Many of the trees were uprooted while more were broken in two. Others had large limbs broken off or are bent over perilously close to falling over completely. There are branches everywhere and the scene is one of heartbreak for officials and members who work so hard to maintain the course up to a very high standard.

From a golfing point of view, the trees that have been knocked or damaged, acted as a defence and now these have been removed making some of the holes easier to play.