The 3 biggest things that happened to golf clubs in February

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir February 28, 2014 15:56

The 3 biggest things that happened to golf clubs in February

3. In four days Datchet Golf Club was visited by three swans, two princes and one inflatable dinosaur.

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Golfzilla visiting Datchet Golf Club – two days before Prince William and Prince Harry did

Several golf courses were in a terrible state due to the wet weather this winter – but few were worse hit, or had a more eventful four-day period, than Datchet Golf Club in Berkshire. On February 10 an online picture of swans swimming past the top of one of its flag pins became very popular.

Two days later the club unveiled a six metre-tall inflatable dinosaur, Golfzilla, for its juniors to aim golf balls at, and two days after that both Prince William and Prince Harry turned up to put sandbags around the clubhouse.

2. ‘Buy one, join many’ memberships are taking off.

Where will this end? First Sandburn Hall and Cookridge Hall golf clubs, both in Yorkshire, announced that anyone who becomes a member of one will automatically become a member of the other club for free.

A few days later Forest Park, Cottingham and Skidby Lakes golf clubs stated that anyone who joins any one of those clubs will automatically become a member of the other TWO for free.

And just a few days after that De Vere introduced ‘The Country Club’, in which members pay £1,250 to join SIX prestigious golf resorts dotted around the UK.

1. Housing developers’ money is proving to be a very strong lure.

Golf courses taking up two percent of England + a national housing shortage + a housing-led economic recovery + many golf clubs struggling economically = that two percent is about to drop.

More than 80 percent of Royal Norwich GC’s members have voted to sell their course to a housing developer to build 1,000 homes, with the money to be spent on buying Weston Park GC, seven miles away. Meanwhile Bracknell Forest Council has lifted a covenant protecting Blue Mountain G&CC, so that it can also be turned into a housing estate.

Could your club’s owners say no to a lucrative offer?

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir February 28, 2014 15:56
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    • Robert Blyfield Junior Organiser at Datchet Golf Club

      Golfzilla is available for hire!

      Contact secretary at Datchet Golf Club or Club professional Paul Cook