Limerick Golf Club "levelled" - storm destroys more than 300 trees

Limerick Golf Club "levelled" - storm destroys more than 300 trees
 Just some of the damage at Limerick Golf Club.

Just some of the damage at Limerick Golf Club.

Wednesday's hurricane force winds have caused major damage all over Ireland and golf courses have not escaped unscathed with Limerick Golf Club losing more than 300 trees, many of them more than 100 years old.

Winds gusting over 168kph (103mph) were registered at Shannon Airport and the effects were felt just 20 miles down the road at Limerick, where secretary manager Pat Murray used the word "levelled" to describe the destruction at the historic course which features several holes designed by Alister MacKenzie of Augusta National and Lahinch fame.

"We have approximately 300 trees down, not to mention the damage to boundaries and walls," said the Irish international.

The cost of repairing the damage is set to be "huge" and will take years to repair.

"All the trees down are signature to the holes in question with a lot of the trees over 100 years old," Pat added. 

Not doubt dozens of clubs have similar tales to tell. 

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