Would £65 million swing it?
The future of Wimbledon – the golf course and the tennis championship – could rest in the hands of celebs, including Piers Morgan
Members at Wimbledon Park Golf Club could be over £80,000 richer – but without a golf course – after the All England Club lodged a £65 million takeover bid to gobble up the 18-hole parkland that sits across the road from Centre Court.
The offer to take over its neighbour’s lease is more than double an opening bid, which was rejected in 2015, and now hinges on the vote of members – including Ant & Dec and Piers Morgan.
To sweeten the deal, new terms negotiated by the golf club mean all the 750 members will receive about £80,000 after tax if the sale goes through. That includes new members, too.
They will also have access to nine holes of the course at the southern end of the site – albeit they would be on a rolling notice of 12 months to leave. Members have already received a letter from Wimbledon Park detailing the offer, which the All England Club are insisting is final. If rejected again, they will likely wait until 2041 when the lease expires and automatically becomes their property.