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

Today's Golfer (UK) - - FIRST TEE -

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.

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