Summer rain pushes club to the brink30th August, 2012 by Tania Longmire
Chirk Golf Club in Wales has become the latest British golf club to enter administration.
However, no member of staff at the club, which has been put up for sale, has so far been made redundant.
Its parent company, Myddleton Leisure, has issued a notice of the appointment of an administrator, while a statement on the club’s website says that ‘the affairs, business and property of the company are being managed by joint administrators Nigel Price and W John Kelly [from insolvency specialist Begbies Traynor]’.
The club’s financial difficulties have been blamed on the wet weather over the summer.
It has also faced competition from a growing number of courses in the region with Llangollen, Henlle, Mile End, Oswestry, Wrexham, Moss Valley and Clays all within a 20 mile radius.
Guy Myddleton, who has been sole director of the company for the last 17 years, said: “Trading conditions for Chirk Golf Club had been made more difficult this year by the terrible summer weather, which has affected the number of visiting golfers.
“However, we have a dedicated and growing membership and I hope we can find a buyer to take the club forward following my investment over the last few years.”
Guy Myddleton is a descendant of Sir Thomas Myddleton, who bought nearby Chirk Castle in 1595.
The insolvency specialists are running both the golf club, which remains open for play, and the adjoining Chirk Marina, which is not being offered for sale.
Chirk Golf Club, which opened in 1992, employs seven staff and comprises an 18-hole championship course, a nine-hole par three course and clubhouse. It has nearly 300 members.
Mr Price said: “The club will be offered for sale on a freehold basis, and we believe that this represents a unique opportunity to acquire an established golf club business and its assets, two golf courses and clubhouse – all set within a perimeter of 160 acres of its own land.”
Chirk councillor Terry Evans, whose daughter Stephanie learned to play golf at the club before going on to play internationally with Wales and Great Britain, said: “These are excellent facilities and I really hope everything works out for the best.
“A lot of hard work has gone into building up the golf club over the years and the staff work their socks off. We would not want to lose what we have. The golf club is good for our economy.”
No timescale has been given on finding a buyer for the venue, although a rumour on social media websites suggests the insolvency specialists will wait until the end of September before making a decision regarding the club’s future.
A number of British golf clubs have been placed in administration in recent years, but it is not all doom and gloom.
Warren Golf Club in Essex entered administration earlier this year, for example, but was still sold for more than £4 million earlier this month.
UPDATE: On September 30, Chirk Golf Club was closed down and all 16 members of staff were made redundant.