Golf club’s hope

Plans are being put in place for a new and improved Whitwood Golf Club in Castleford after negotiations between Groundwork Wakefield, Whitwood Golf Club and Wakefield Council. Cllr Peter Box, Ken Taylor, Executive Director for Groundwork and Keith Martin, Chair for the Club and Sam Wickens
Plans are being put in place for a new and improved Whitwood Golf Club in Castleford after negotiations between Groundwork Wakefield, Whitwood Golf Club and Wakefield Council. Cllr Peter Box, Ken Taylor, Executive Director for Groundwork and Keith Martin, Chair for the Club and Sam Wickens

A CASTLEFORD municipal golf course threatened with the axe because of council cost cutting plans looks set to be saved.

Officials from environmental trust Groundwork Wakefield are finalising details of a long-term lease agreement to take over Whitwood Golf Course from Wakefield Council from June 1.

The council had said it could no longer afford the £85,000 annual cost of keeping the course open.

Andy Dalton, Groundwork operations director, said: “Following transfer, a plan will be put in place to increase membership, upgrade the course and build upon the reputation of the club as being at the heart of the community.

“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.

“If the transfer is successful we will 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.

The course will continue to be open to the general public on a pay-as-you-play basis.

Coun Peter Box, leader of the council, said: “I am very pleased that negotiations are moving forward and with Groundwork on board we are hopeful that the golf course will remain open.

“I know how valuable this facility is to the local community and this is a great example of how the council is committed to working with community groups and residents and adapting local services to meet local needs.”

For more information on the plans call Mr Dalton on 01924 307473.