Positive economic news amid gloom
Two golf clubs have reported positive economic news amid what has been a dreadful start to 2014 for many venues.
With three major UK golf clubs announcing they were closing down in January, and the wet weather that has meant several clubs in England and Wales have been unable to open, Northop Golf Course and Country Club in Chester has had its future secured and Kingsbarns Golf Links in Scotland has said it has had a record-breaking start to the year.
Fears surrounded Northop last year when its owner, Maray Properties, went into administration.
However, administrator KPMG has sold the course to one company and the clubhouse to another, securing nine jobs. It also means that operations will continue at the venue, which has more than 500 members.
Paul Dumbell, joint administrator and director at KPMG, said: “Following a significant decline in membership fees at Northop Golf and Country Club, the business ran into significant cash flow problems.
“We are delighted to have completed these two deals which have secured the jobs of all members of staff at the club, and which ensure operations continue for the 250 golf club members and the 280 people with gym memberships at the club.”
Meanwhile, Kingsbarns has revealed that advanced tee time bookings for the start of this year have reached record levels and are “well up on the same time last year”.
“We are extremely excited about 2014,” commented the club’s chief executive Alan Hogg. “We have already seen an upsurge in bookings around the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup, and if the sun shines, as it did last year, this will only help with last-minute bookings and additional replay rounds.
“The last 12 months have been exceptional at Kingsbarns and this has carried through to 2014 and the record bookings we have received. Advance bookings are breaking all previous records.
“This year we are looking forward to what looks like an even more remarkable season not only for Kingsbarns but also for Scottish tourism in general.”