Anger over way closure of golf club was handled
‘I just couldn’t sustain the business any longer’
sawilliams@thekmgroup. co.uk Members of an Ashford golf club that shut suddenly just before Christmas say they are angry with the way the closure was handled.
Homelands Golf Centre, in Ashford Road, ceased trading on Tuesday, December 17 and went into liquidation on Tuesday (December 31).
Owner Anne Laming, who took over in 2006, says she was unable to sustain the business any longer due to severe financial loss.
Members claim that not only were they not warned that the centre was closing, they have now been left out of pocket.
Former Club Captain Phil Norris, 56, said: “The way that the closure has been handled by the owner has been poor to say the least.
“Members received no notice of the closure, either prior or subsequent to the gates being closed, even though we have paid for membership until April 2014.
“Miss Laming’s timing was extremely poor. She chose the worst possible time to close the Following the closure, Miss Laming said: “I feel I have put a lot of money and time into the business, especially getting the course into such excellent condition.
“The credit crunch of 2008 and 2009 hit us badly and we’ve had some very bad weather. I just couldn’t sustain the business any longer.
“I am very sad, distressed and sorry that I’ve had to business, making the staff redundant with no pay for the month of December and just prior to Christmas.”
Handicap and competitions secretary, Andy Thick, said: “We knew the club had problems but we didn’t see this coming.
“There were no discussions with members in the weeks leading to the closure.
“We’ve all obviously lost out, as our annual membership was paid up until March.”
The centre in Kingsnorth, which covers around 53 acres, has a nine-hole course with 18 come to this decision. I was hoping to sell the business as an ongoing interest.
“Most members have been very understanding and sympathetic and I really appreciate that. I’m very sad for the staff, members and patrons and I hope they understand I have done my best to keep it going.”
Bretts Business Recovery, of Gravesend, will be acting as liquidators. tees, and a driving range. It had around 150 members until it closed last month.
It is believed that some five or six members of staff lost their jobs.
Peter Williamson, a member for three years, said he was not surprised the club had closed.
“I could tell something was
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“Golf clubs will struggle if the weather is bad. The greens need to be kept in excellent conditions and we’ve had two very bad winters.”
An extraordinary general meeting (EGM) will be held at Givaudan UK, in Kennington Road, on January 18 at 7pm for all former members. The evening will see the club’s trophies handed out to members, the division of any outstanding funds and will include entertainment.