Merger plans for city golf clubs
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.