A MAS­TERS cham­pion golfer has spo­ken of his “dis­ap­point­ment” at a coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to sell off a course he fre­quented as a child.

Last week, Anglesey coun­cil an­nounced that it will sell off the nine-hole course in Llangefni be­cause it is losing money.

Danny Wil­lett, the 2016 Mas­ters Cham­pion, spent many child­hood hol­i­days on the is­land, and has said that reg­u­lar vis­its to the pay-as-you-play golf course had played a “key role” in his de­vel­op­ment as a pro­fes­sional golfer.

Fol­low­ing Mon­day’s de­ci­sion, a spokesman for the Sh­effield-born pro said: “Danny is ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed to hear the news of Llangefni’s im­mi­nent clo­sure.

“It’s a course he grew up play­ing on fam­ily hol­i­days as a child and he had very fond mem­o­ries of the place. It’s a real shame.”

In 2015, Wil­lett said: “We used to go to Anglesey in Wales for two weeks in the sum­mer and play the same nine-hole golf course three or four times.

“I think the long­est club you hit was prob­a­bly a seven-iron on this par-three course in the mid­dle of a sheep field.”

Shortly af­ter his Mas­ters win, he re­turned to Llangefni to show his sup­port for keep­ing the course open, also writ­ing to the coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive.

So­cial en­ter­prise group Part­ne­r­i­aeth Llangefni have been run­ning the golf course since July 2015, un­der a lease agree­ment with the author­ity.

The author­ity has promised to re-in­vest the pro­ceeds of the 42-acre site’s sale in leisure fa­cil­i­ties and the open­ing of a new soft play area at Llangefni’s Plas Arthur leisure cen­tre.

The on-site driv­ing range will also stay open, with the coun­cil seek­ing out­side groups to take over its run­ning.

Leisure port­fo­lio holder Cllr Car­wyn Jones said: “Although we are scal­ing down the coun­cilowned golf pro­vi­sion, ring-fenc­ing the cap­i­tal re­ceipt to strengthen the fu­ture leisure pro­vi­sion on Anglesey is ex­tremely pos­i­tive.

“I am also very aware that there are fan­tas­tic golf cour­ses across Anglesey, and would en­cour­age peo­ple to sup­port these.”

Mas­ters cham­pion Danny Wil­lett

Llangefni’s coun­cil-run, nine-hole golf course

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