Scottish Daily Mail

Parky cuts up rough with Chi­nese over Went­worth

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DAVID CAMERON’S much­her­alded warm­ing of re­la­tions with China could be hit into the rough at the Went­worth Club, whose mem­bers in­clude TV knights michael Parkin­son, right, and Bruce Forsyth.

Restau­rant ty­coon Richard Car­ing sold the home of Euro­pean golf and un­of­fi­cial birth­place of the Ry­der Cup to Beijing bil­lion­aire Dr Chan­chai Ruayrun­gru­ang for £135mil­lion last year. All 4,000 mem­bers, who cur­rently pay £8,000 an­nual fees, were told they would be asked to ap­ply for just 800 places, cough­ing up a stag­ger­ing £100,000 for the priv­i­lege. Now Parkin­son, who crit­i­cised the ‘barmy’ changes, has turned down a free hon­orary mem­ber­ship out of sol­i­dar­ity with fel­low golfers. This week, a spe­cial meet­ing of the Went­worth Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion is be­ing held as part of a ma­jor up­ris­ing against the new own­ers.

‘mem­bers are up in arms about th­ese lu­di­crous pro­pos­als, not least res­i­dents, many of whom bought prop­er­ties on the Sur­rey es­tate to have ac­cess to the course,’ says res­i­dent Nigel moss, due to speak to the meet­ing. ‘It is go­ing to be fiery, as they have run out of pa­tience. The feel­ing is that a great institutio­n is be­ing ru­ined.’

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