Road build forces Dublin golf course redevelopment

Intrusive road expansion has forced one of Ireland's most famous golf clubs to redevelop its course and move several holes.

Compulsory land purchase by the national road authority forced Newlands Golf Club, next to one of the of the country's busiest motorways, to redesign its course.

"It loses yet another valuable few acres," said a spokesman. "The club has become accustomed to this as it lost a hole a few years back to the growing road network."

Jeff Howes Golf Design will redesign the course, originally laid out by James Braid around 1926. The reduced acreage will result in the loss of an original hole.

The relocation of this hole will have a "domino effect" and result in the redevelopment of several holes, he said.

The club will also remodel all the bunkers and tees in a project phased in two stages. The course is expected to be ready for play by spring 2010.

"We are very familiar with Braid courses and like the challenge of working on a tight site and being sympathetic to the original layout," said a Jeff Howes spokesman.

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