A total of £4.2m has been allocated to golf clubs as part of the Northern Ireland Sports Sustainability Fund.
Twenty-five clubs will benefit from the latest cash injection, which has been brought in to help offset the ongoing impact of Covid-19.
The fund’s purpose is to help address the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic within the sports sector.
Mark Kennelly, Chief Executive of Golf Ireland said: “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a severe financial impact on golf clubs which, despite being closed for long periods over the last 12 months, have significant costs to bear in maintaining facilities and the courses themselves.
“Golf Ireland is committed to supporting its affiliated clubs in every way we can, and we are delighted that this funding has been secured for clubs in Northern Ireland.
“A total of 25 clubs will receive funding from this scheme in addition to 145 clubs who benefitted from Sport Ireland Resilience Funding in the Republic of Ireland. Additionally, we hope that several more will benefit from Fáilte Ireland’s Business Continuity Fund in the near future.
“I’d like to express our thanks to The NI Executive, Department of Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey for the funding and to Sport Northern Ireland?for considering the submissions that Golf Ireland made on behalf of golf clubs. Their response underlines the vital role of golf in our sports landscape.”
Royal County Down – which hosted the 2015 Irish Open – received the largest grant of over £1.5m. The links course is rated as one of the best in the world and relies heavily on foreign visitors.
Meanwhile, Royal Portrush, which hosted the Open Championship in 2019, received just over £750,000 while Rory McIlroy’s home course, Holywood, has been handed a grant of £267,287.
Antoinette McKeown, Sport NI CEO, said: “The value of sport is never more important for us all as a society, as we tentatively emerge from Covid-19.
“The sports sector has played an invaluable role in supporting our communities through this pandemic, and this funding is critical to sustain and empower the survival of governing bodies and clubs to get us all back to sport.”
Full list of clubs and funding allocation
How it worked…
According to the Golf Ireland website: “Applications included submission of club accounts which were used to calculate an average over 3 years and were open to any club who could demonstrate that there had been a direct impact on its business because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Initial club applications were adjusted, following direction from Sport NI to remove any VAT Refund or Corporation Tax payments that impacted upon the amount to be claimed.”