Merger plans for city golf clubs

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By ADAM UREN adam.uren@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co,uk @ETADAMU

PLANS are afoot to merge two golf clubs in Peter­bor­ough.

Dis­cus­sions are un­der­way be­tween Thorpe Wood Golf Club and Or­ton Mead­ows Golf Club that would see the clubs be­come one as of Jan­uary next year.

The merger would be of huge ben­e­fit to ex­ist­ing club mem­bers, who would see their an­nual mem­ber­ship fee re­duced to £30, with those at Thorpe Wood Golf Club, which will be re­named Nene Park Golf Club, cur­rently pay­ing £45.

It would also pro­vide a wider range of com­pe­ti­tions which mem­bers could take part in, al­low­ing Or­ton Mead­ows mem­bers to play in Thorpe Wood tour­na­ments and vice-versa.

It would mean a com­bined mem­ber­ship of be­tween 500 and 600 mem­bers, re­duc­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion costs for both clubs and shar­ing fa­cil­i­ties, which in­cludes the re­cently opened driv­ing range at Thorpe Wood.

Simon Fit­ton, the di­rec­tor of golf at both cour­ses, said: “For club mem­bers this means they will get more choice as they can play com­pe­ti­tions at both cour­ses, and their fees will be lower.

“Or­ton Mead­ows is the less used of the two cour­ses at the mo­ment, and I think peo­ple are miss­ing out as it is in great con­di­tion.

“We want to en­cour­age peo­ple to make more use of it and join­ing the two clubs to­gether would give mem­bers the op­tion of tak­ing part in com­pe­ti­tions at both cour­ses.”

Un­der pro­pos­als be­ing ne­go­ti­ated be­tween the two clubs, Or­ton Mead­ows mem­bers would join Nene Park Golf Club en masse.

A new com­mit­tee will be cre­ated at Nene Park Golf Club, which will pro­vide the fi­nan­cial and sec­re­tar­ial fa­cil­i­ties, such as fix­tures, at both cour­ses.

It is hoped that the re­cent open­ing of the two-tier driv­ing range at Thorpe Wood will en­cour­age more peo­ple in Peter­bor­ough to take up the sport and prove an at­trac­tion to potential new golf club mem­bers in the city.

Mr Fit­ton said: “It pro­vides us with a fa­cil­ity to get peo­ple onto the range and take some lessons to get them into golf and see if they en­joy it.”

CEIALIIEGFIN Di­rec­tor of golf Simon Fit­ton thinks the merger will ben­e­fit the clubs.

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