Thriving club opens ‘family golf course’
A ‘thriving’ golf club that has attracted juniors to its facility is about to open a nine-hole ‘family golf course’.
It is the latest example of a venue appealing to a non-traditional golfing profile in order to boost profits.
Regent Park Golf Club in Bolton, a former municipal course that has been proprietary for the last decade, received a six-figure funding package from its bank to build the facility, and will employ four new members of staff after it opens.
One of the four will be a new professional, which will allow the club to expand its junior teaching academy.
Robin Day, director of Regent Park Golf, which took over the running of the club ten years ago from Bolton Council, said: “We are pleased to again be in a position where our members and visitors can look forward to seeing further significant investment at their club.
“The traditional joining fee and membership business model is no longer viable for golf clubs, so we have adapted over the years and are seeing the benefits of that approach.
“More people are playing Regent Park and that figure will increase further with the opening of our new family course this spring.”
Sean Williams, head of Yorkshire Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in Bolton, which provided the loan to the club, said: “Regent Park Golf Club is a great community facility which is doing a great job of encouraging locals, particularly young people, to get involved in golf and sport.
“Economic conditions have been challenging for golf clubs in recent years but Robin and his team have navigated those challenges well and Regent Park Golf Club is thriving.”