Lisburn’s golf course has ‘never been wetter’ after the holiday downpours

John and Maxine Kelso with Ruth and Ivor Walker celebrate the new year.
John and Maxine Kelso with Ruth and Ivor Walker celebrate the new year.

The heavy rain that fell in the Lisburn area and flooded roads also closed Lisburn golf course for several days.

Head greenkeeper Robert Nelson had little option but to put up the ‘COURSE CLOSED’ sign on the first tee last Saturday.

Lisburn Captain John Boyd with Delores Haslem, Amy Boyd and Vice-Captain Ken Haslem at the Dinner Dance.

Lisburn Captain John Boyd with Delores Haslem, Amy Boyd and Vice-Captain Ken Haslem at the Dinner Dance.

The start of the New Year Winter League had to be postponed for at least a week. Not to be put off, a hardy handful of golfers braved the elements on Sunday to bring in the New Year.

With more rain on Monday morning, the course was closed once again. The first green became an island with the nearby lake filled to overflowing. New lakes were formed on different parts of the course for the first time.

It is thought that the course has never been wetter since it was opened for play in 1973. Hopefully the weather will improve and the course will be open for play on Saturday.

Inside, the New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance went ahead as planned as the clubhouse was tastefully decorated. A magnificent meal was served by Albert and Jane and the members were entertained by the ‘Diva Dolls’ into the early hours of Friday morning.

May Glover and Audrey Gifford bring in the new year.

May Glover and Audrey Gifford bring in the new year.

The 'new lake' behind the second green.

The 'new lake' behind the second green.

Sylvia Neill, Stephen Shields and Diane Shields bring in the new year at Lisburn Golf Club.

Sylvia Neill, Stephen Shields and Diane Shields bring in the new year at Lisburn Golf Club.