Portumna Golf Club is situated on the banks of Lough Derg, surrounded by Portumna Forest Park and on the outskirts of the picturesque town of Portumna, it is an 18 hole course, ranked No. 62 in the Top 100 courses in Ireland and ranked 2nd best Parkland Course in Connaught.
Since the installation of Grant Solar Thermal panels in Portumna Golf Club the club has been reaping the many benefits of the installation, the club now has hot water throughout the year when it needs it most and has seen a huge reduction in their energy bill, the golf club’s ‘green credentials’ have been improved immeasurably in the local community and in the golfing world.
Previously all the hot water used was either heated by two gas boilers or immersions. Solar thermal works brilliantly with golf clubs as ideal golf weather is idea solar panel weather. The entire installation was completed in two days to ensure minimum disruption for the members and visitors of the club. Quoting the Club Captain Mr. Christy O’Rourke
‘It fills us with pride when we can tell our guests that the hot water they are using in the clubhouse bathrooms was generated using the power of the sun’.
The system has been operating since June 2009 so far the club has seen a very significant reduction in their electricity and gas bills.
Visitors to the club including members and visiting societies would be in the region of 8,000 people per annum, hence the substantial savings that having solar powered hot water is to the club’s finances.