A new approach to golf at Corballis where the aim is to make the game accessible to all.

The 18 hole links course was formerly owned by the Corballis Club at Donabate in north County Dublin. It will be the first golf course in Ireland open to members of the public to pay and play.

Fine Gael Senator John Boland and Chairman of Dublin County Council explains how the golf course came about.

We felt that there were a great number of homeless golfers in the city and county of Dublin.

Long waiting lists for membership and high green fess make golf a very expensive pastime for golfers. John Boland says the cost of membership is justified by clubs due to the high cost of administration.

We felt that there were a lot of people who just couldn't afford to play golf.

Corballis will be open to the public seven days a week with green fees of fifty pence on weekdays and a pound at weekends. Initially, just the golf course will be open to the public but there are plans to open the clubhouse as well.

Dublin County Council bought the 86 acre golf course two years ago for over £90,000.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 24 July 1971.