Why this Welsh golf course was forced to close for 15 months… | Golf Monthly
The Rhyl Golf Club will temporarily close three months ahead of schedule on December 31 this year. The nine-hole course was due to close for 12 months from spring 2023. However, a seawall is required at the Prestatyn and Rhyl boundaries, necessitating a 15-month closure instead.
The project, funded by the Welsh Government and Denbighshire County Council (DCC), will protect around 2,100 properties at a cost of around £20million. With the course previously cited as a potential floodplain, Rhyl Golf Club marketing manager and spokesman Mike Pritchard explained why the early closure is necessary.
“DCC and maritime defense contractors Balfour Beatty have asked us to bring it forward to help their program, allowing them more time to commission heavy machinery and associated earthworks and to work under a more realistic timeline for what is now involved This means the closure period is extended from 12 to 15 months Members have been informed and appreciate the rationale for the request.
To assuage the disappointment over the decision, Pritchard explained that the early closure shouldn’t be so disruptive. He also said the move could have some benefits, including making the club more environmentally friendly: “As we know winter golf can be even more difficult on the Rhyl Coast so a closure on a winter and a half. is not the end of the world for some! It also means that we have now been able to commission architects to develop the proposals for the UK’s first carbon neutral golf club and clubhouse.
A DCC spokesperson said: “We continue to work with Rhyl Golf Club to ensure we minimize disruption to the club during the construction phase, should funding be secured and planning permission granted, for the proposed project.”
Initially, the plan was to build sea defenses on part of the golf club grounds. However, the amended bids propose construction opposite the Prestatyn Greenway houses instead. The news follows the likely closures of other golf courses, at Maidenhead Golf Club, due to housing development, and two Wirral courses due to cuts. However, at least as far as the 132-year-old Rhyl Golf Club is concerned, the closure is temporary. It is expected to reopen in April 2024 upon completion of the project.