Course saved from rough

Whitwood Golf Course handed over to Groundwork for the upkeep.'Elaine McBride - Golf Club Manager.'p319a229
Whitwood Golf Course handed over to Groundwork for the upkeep.'Elaine McBride - Golf Club Manager.'p319a229

A CONSERVATION group has saved Whitwood golf course from closure after it faced the axe from council cutbacks.

Wakefield Council officially handed over management of the Altofts Lane golf course over to environmental trust Groundwork Wakefield during a reopening ceremony on Monday.

Groundwork chiefs agreed to sign a long-term lease agreement for the municipal golf course after the council announced it could no longer afford the £85,000 annual cost of keeping the course open.

Ken Taylor, Groundwork’s executive director, said: “We are extremely excited to be spearheading this project which will make Whitwood Golf Club a viable and thriving community asset within the north east of the district and the surrounding area.

“Our vision is to make the golf course and club a quality and accessible golfing experience for all.”

Whitwood golf course and golf shop has been owned by the council for 25 years but the clubhouse is owned by Whitwood Golf Club members and will be unaffected in the deal.

Groundwork has outlined plans to increase the club’s membership, create new activities for members and involve local businesses in future projects.

Mr Taylor added: “We believe that together, Whitwood Golf Club and Groundwork Wakefield have the position in the district, and knowledge of the site, to maximise opportunities across both, the private and public sectors.

“This will see the golf club build on the good work that has gone before and provide a valuable and thriving community asset within the district and its surrounding area.”