THE future of Tamworth Golf Course was this week uncertain after its operators announced they had gone into liquidation.
As the Herald went to press, it was revealed that staff and members of the troubled golf course had been notified by bosses.
“It is dreadful,” said Elaine Pugh, the secretary of the golf club. “We have contacted all our members to let them know what is happening. They will be disappointed by the news.”
There are 11 staff working at the golf course, with 178 members of the golf club.
“What I think isn’t repeatable in the newspaper,” she said. “After talking to the members of staff, they are very upset. One has worked there for 33 years and she is in bits.
“It is not a great day.”
Liquidators have now been brought in to wind up the business. Season ticket holders, who pay £700 a year for course fees, are set to lose out.
Elaine said: “There are still a lot of questions which still need to be answered.”
The club has been on the course since 1975 but Elaine said the future was now in doubt.
“The thing is the course had improved. It really was not in a bad condition. It is very sad the staff have put so much effort into this.
“We have only known a couple of hours, so we don’t know what will happen.”
Elaine said should the golf course close then members would have to find another golf club to join.
The land is owned by Tamworth Borough Council, but the management of the course was leased to tenant Jack Barker Golf Company.
The course has been subject to ongoing criticism in recent years after users complained it was falling into disrepair, and was being ruined by the dumping of building materials in a re-landscaping plan.
Members of the course also fell dramatically – once between 400 and 500 people.
But last October Tamworth Council pledged to spend £100,000 on funding a “first class driving range” on the course. Chiefs acknowledged the problems with the state of the course and the lack of progress with promised redevelopments.
Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, Councillor Danny Cook, said: “Late on Tuesday evening, the borough council was informed by Tamworth Golf Centre that the company was going into liquidation and a liquidator had been appointed.
“The borough council plans to contact the liquidator at the earliest opportunity. This is in order to ascertain what this means in terms of the process and associated timescales.
“In the meantime, we shall be considering our position and the options available. We will share further information as soon as we can.”
Liquidation is the winding up of a business which will cease operations. Liquidation can be sought even when a business is solvent, while administration is ordered when the company is insolvent.
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