Climate Change will force Sligo’s Championship Golf Course to move inland

A leading golf course in the north west will have to move further inland during the next 20 years because of the effects of climate change and rising sea levels.

The situation facing the County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point is one of the most graphic examples of coastal erosion in the region.

But it’s a problem facing many seaside areas.

Director of Services with Sligo County Council Tom Kilfeather says the impact of climate change in the region is now becoming a major issue.

His comments come after numerous motions at this week’s meeting of councillors from the Sligo municipal district dealing with flooding, coastal erosion and damage to infrastructure.

The motions related to issues such as damage to the pier at Mullaghmore Harbour, the dunes in Strandhill, part of the County Sligo Golf Course at Rosses Point, and flooding in residential areas, such as The Woodlands in Sligo town.

For local authorities such as Sligo, the main challenge is getting funding to deal with flooding and erosion.

Such is the impact at the County Sligo Golf Club that Mr Kilfeather told councillors that with rising sea levels, the golf course will have to be moved further inland in the coming decades as part of what’s being called ‘managed retreat.’

He says climate change is now a very real issue that has to be dealt with: