Members’ fury as Latics close course

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RESIDENTS of Charnock Richard golf club have lashed out at Wigan Athletic after their course was shut with just a day’s notice.

The move comes just weeks after it was revealed that Latics had bought Charnock Richard Golf Club at auction.

They announced plans to transform it into a new training ground as part of the plans for a new academy.

However, the club insisted that it would continue to operate as normal during the golfing season.

However, yesterday the club released a statement saying the golf course and its associated restaurant would close immediately.

A spokesman said: “It was originally intended for the course to remain open for the duration of the current golf season, however, it has become apparent that the remaining ground maintenance equipment was not in a suitable condition to allow us to maintain the course to an appropriate standard and unfortunately we have no alternative but to close the facilities.

“The decision made is a regrettable one, but one that has been made after much consideration.

“As stated we initially intended to keep the golf course open until the end of the golf season, but the cost of maintenance is not something we could commit to and we apologise to members for any inconvenience that has resulted from the cessation of trade of the previous company.

“The land and property has been purchased to develop football academy facilities subject to future planning permission, and any questions members have regarding membership or restaurant and clubhouse bookings should be directed to the golf course operating company, Hole in One Golf Club Limited.”

The gates were locked for the final time on Saturday after members were given just one day’s notice.

It’s a move which has angered many who have played at the club for years and set up a campaign to keep it open.

President John Sinclair said: “The letter is the first we have heard from Wigan.

“We haven’t had chance to speak to them or put our case forward, they have decided to close and we are all very, very disappointed.

“They haven’t even submitted a planning application yet and do no know whether it will be passed. It could take months before anything starts to happen.

“It seems very unfair especially as we have some big competitions coming up, but it doesn’t look like we can do anything about it.”

Members were told that the equipment would cost £30,000 to replace - a bill Wigan weren’t willing to foot.

It means that the golfers, who are top of the Lancashire South West Senior League, haven’t got a course with two matches still to play.