One of the oldest golf clubs in Wales has once again been saved from closure after a wind farm project took a U-turn.
Rhyl Golf Club, founded in 1890, nearly closed earlier in 2021 due to the plans of a sea defence project.
The project was meant to go through the middle of the golf course, but it was rerouted around the site which also protected 2,000 nearby homes.
But then, it was announced that a major wind farm project was being considered. This would've meant that three fairways on the golf course would be turned into a construction site.
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The club would've been closed for several years as a result of the wind farm project, but this has now been resolved, confirmed by Mike Pritchard, the marketing officer at Rhyl Golf Club.
Unfortunately, the club will still have to close for 12 months while the sea defence work is being undertaken. But when it opens again, Rhyl wants to be an ambassador for climate change in the community.
They aim to return as a carbon-neutral golf club which Pritchard expressed a lot of excitement for.
"We have good news to say that ‘people power’ has saved our Rhyl Golf Club," he said.
"The two big challenges - the sea defence programme and the Awel Y Mor wind farm construction - have both been managed to allow us to keep Rhyl’s only golf course alive for the foreseeable future.
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"Recent negotiations have been positive. We will be restructuring and redeveloping both the course and clubhouse to fit within the sea defence programme. When we resurface, we aim to be the first carbon-neutral golf club in Wales.
"We have the opportunity to build a new club that will have a zero carbon footprint.
"We will be leading the way in Wales, and possibly the UK, with the first self-sufficient energy and water programme for any golf club.
"We want Rhyl to be on the map as a first and an ambassador for climate change."
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