Golf club in talks on course sale

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Mem­bers of Cam­bus­lang Golf Club will be asked next week whether to con­tinue ne­go­ti­a­tions with a hous­ing de­vel­oper to sell the course.

It is ex­pected they will be of­fered £20,000 each by Bar­ratt Homes to give up their club.

A spe­cial meet­ing has been ar­ranged for next Tues­day.

Mem­bers of Cam­bus­lang Golf Club look set to be of­fered £20,000 each to sell the land to a prop­erty de­vel­oper.

The club have called a meet­ing for Oc­to­ber 27 to dis­cuss whether to con­tinue with ne­go­ti­a­tions.

A let­ter sent to mem­bers last week said the sub-com­mit­tee set up to dis­cuss the pro­posal had met with Bar­ratt Homes twice since early Fe­bru­ary.

In Au­gust, SEPA in­formed Bar­ratt that only 50 per cent of the area was suit­able for res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment

Bar­ratt Homes now es­ti­mate a net price of £6.9mil­lion to buy the 19.1 acres of the site, split be­tween 271 quali­fy­ing mem­bers.

The club reckon that af­ter tax de­duc­tions, that will work out at around £ 20,000 a mem­ber.

It had ini­tially been thought golfers at Cam­bus­lang could net £42,000 each from any po­ten­tial sale.

Land that is un­suit­able in­cludes the club­house and car park ar­eas but Bar­ratt has in­di­cated they could of­fer to buy the whole site and work with the club to “max­imise any po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment value.”

The let­ter, from chair­man of the sub­com­mit­tee, Ian Skillen, con­cludes: “If we de­cide not to sell, we must have con­fi­dence in the fu­ture of the club in its present guise, and of the like­li­hood of us at­tract­ing suf­fi­cient new blood to flour­ish in the com­ing years.

“Cur­rently, trends are not good, and there is some con­cern re­gard­ing mem­ber­ship lev­els and re­sult­ing financial short­falls.”

The news comes amidst the back­drop of Blair­beth Golf Club hav­ing to shut last week due to spi­ralling debts.

Mem­bers were also told they had been ap­proached by sev­eral golfers from Blair­beth with a view to join­ing.

De­spite the warn­ings, club sec­re­tary, Alan Smith, said last week that he felt the mem­bers should re­ject the pro­posal.

He told the Re­former: “We are very, very sorry to hear about the end of Blair­beth, and we cer­tainly don’t want this club to go the same way.

“I am hope­ful that we can make a de­ci­sion re­gard­ing this, but that is up to the mem­bers who at­tend on the night. Hope­fully we will come to some sort of res­o­lu­tion.

“This is a vote on whether to con­tinue with ne­go­ti­a­tions, not on whether we sell or not.

“I am hop­ing, per­son­ally, we put it to bed by vot­ing to not take it for­ward. “I think we are cus­to­di­ans of the club. “We are in a dif­fer­ent po­si­tion from Blair­beth, right now we are still fi­nan­cially sound, but it’s for the mem­bers to de­cide.

“I have no prob­lems say­ing this club has a good fu­ture ahead of it.”

How­ever, one mem­ber, who did not wish to be named, said: “I think there is ac­tu­ally some dis­ap­point­ment among mem­bers about the amount on the ta­ble.

“Of course, this isn’t tak­ing into ac­count the land at the club­house, the ninth green and the first tee which would be­come a prime spot for some­thing like a restau­rant.

“No-one is say­ing we should pull the plug but the ma­jor­ity seem to think we should be talk­ing to the other five or six builders who have al­ready shown an in­ter­est.

“I don’t think there’s a great fu­ture for the club.

“Peo­ple are now of the mind­set that it will close and many have al­ready made other ar­range­ments.”

Green for go But Cam­bus­lang Golf Club mem­bers still haven’t de­cided whether or not to sell to a prop­erty de­vel­oper

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.