THE newly-designed golf course at Springhill Golf and Country Club was given an unanimous thumbs up by those attending its official opening on Friday.
The picturesque nine-hole course near Trillick has been improved and extended to include a number of challenging par four holes and one magnificent par five situated around the lake.
Twelve acres were purchased to facilitate the redevelopment of the course which was first opened in 1994. It is hoped the re-design will provide a more challenging environment for learn and visitor alike and those who got to view and play it over the weekend certainly gave it a ringing endorsement.
Among them Conor Corry, representing neighbouring Fintona Golf Club, who said the course was well suited to the learner.
“There’s ourselves, Strabane, Newtownstewart and Omagh. We are sort of all competing for a slice of the cake so I would say certainly Trillick here is ideal for maybe the person starting out golf without the added pressure of playing the bigger course.”
Shaun Donnelly, of Castle Hume, said Springhill definitely had a place in today’s market. “There are all different markets there in golf. There’s top championship courses like Lough Erne, members clubs like Castle Hume and other courses like Trillick were people can start off golf with a great community atmosphere and social aspect to it. It definitely has a place.”
Springhill President James Meade believes the new design is much more challenging and provides for the learner and the slightly more experienced golfer. “Certainly it suited someone like me in the beginning who didn’t know much about golf,” he said. “It gave me the opportunity to learn in a very informal or relaxed manner. I suppose the course is a wee bit more challenging now. It’s provides the opportunity now for players maybe to play a bit more golf here and be challenged by it.”
Membership has grown steadily at Springhill over the past number of years with competitions right throughout the season. Mixed doubles on a Thursday evening is proving particularly popular as are the regular nights for ladies.
The club also boasts a flourishing youth section under the tutelage of Brian McDonagh.