No, it’s not the landfill corruption riddled Beacon Park Golf Course, not yet! The nationwide ban on golf will be lifted in England this coming Wednesday but one course won’t be joining the throng of re-openings.
All facilities at Brandon Wood Golf Course are now closed indefinitely and any access to the site is prohibited. Brandon Wood, located in Coventry, has fallen victim to desperately challenging economic conditions brought about this year by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A statement on its website revealed that the course, operated by Coventry Sports Trust, has welcomed its last golfer. “It is with regret that we have to announce that Brandon Wood Golf Course will not reopen once lockdown ends on Wednesday 2 December 2020,” read the statement.
“The golf course is operated by Coventry Sports Trust on land owned by Coventry City Council and has been loss-making for some time. These challenges have been exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Coventry City Council has in the past supported the Trust with additional funding so that the facility could remain open. However, with well-documented financial pressure faced by the local authority, it cannot provide ongoing financial support – a position Coventry Sports Trust understands.
“Therefore, Coventry Sports Trust has decided that the facility is no longer viable to operate without additional funding. A consultation period has started with staff affected by this decision”.
The local authority now intends to undertake an appraisal of the site to establish whether or not it can be sustained as a golf course or redeveloped for an alternative use. Social media users have responded to the news, with one saying “I’ve played this course countless times and I’ve always thought it was well maintained and a good track for the price of a round. Thoughts are with the staff at this time”.
Nestling in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside on the banks of the River Avon, Brandon Wood opened for play in 1977. They state “We thank all of our current and past users for their loyalty and custom over the years”.
Will the “landfilled for the royalty grabbers Beacon Park Golf Course” be next? The latest un-confirmed news we have on BPGC is there is apparently no qualified green keeper, until January, and the Serco managers are using “voluntary artisans” at the site! Maybe the top secret WLBC leisure contract will soon see the light of transparency shining through it for the benefit of its owners, we council tax payers?