Citywest Resort Golf Club remains hopeful of returning home

By Stephen Leonard

OFFICERS of Citywest Resort Golf Club remain hopeful that the club will be back on its home course in the new year, despite the owners of the Hotel having taken steps to terminate the Licence Agreement with them.

A statement from the club informed members that the Citywest Hotel owners, Cape Wrath Hotel Limited, had activated the required 10-month notice for termination of the agreement which will, as a result, come to an end on March 27, 2021.

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Citywest Resort Golf Club officers are hopeful they can eventually sort a new Licence Agreement with the Hotel owners and return to their home course in the new year

Nevertheless, Citywest GC officers are confident that a new agreement can be reached, as Joint Honorary Secretaries Martin Green and Anthony Carton stated “What the issue of the 10 month notice for Termination of The Licence Agreement, means is that if and when we return to golf at Citywest, it will not be under the same terms and conditions as we were accustomed to.

“As management have stated previously, in informal discussions, there will be no formal statement from them until later in the year, possibly around October, when hopefully the threat of a second wave of the virus has been avoided.”

With Citywest Hotel having been block booked by the HSE for use as a self-isolation facility for patients with COVID-19 until the end of the year, Citywest Golf Club members have not had the use of their home course for some months now.

And given the unpredictable nature of the coronavirus crises, the club fully appreciates that the Hotel owners are not in a position to address the situation of the club right now.

Indeed they fully agree that the possible nego-tiation of a new agreement must take a back seat to the tackling of the pandemic and Citywest’s role in that.

Nevertheless Citywest GC has done all it can to protect the club’s GUI affiliation as some 100 of the 150 members they currently cater for have dispersed to a number of other clubs including the likes of Slade Valley, Beech Park and Lisheen Springs on a temporary basis.

Indeed they are continuing to play under their Citywest affiliation with others opting not to move anywhere else until they see how the situation unfolds.

In order to have a chance of preserving their GUI affiliation as Citywest GC the club would have to nominate an alternative home and they are currently in talks regarding this.

Yet the influx of a 150 players to any club is likely to present a number of logistical problems, not least the accommodation of tee times for new and existing members.

The loss of a championship course that is held in high regard throughout Europe, is a major blow for the club yet Citywest GC officers continue to view the termination of the Licence Agreement, not as a final notice, but rather an opportunity to sort out new terms and conditions that can save the club.

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