Municipal golf course put in private hands; pounds 300,000 cost of modernisation.
A POPULAR council-run golf course is set to be handed over to private managers in a cost-saving exercise.
Bosses at Warwick District Council say the Newbold Comyn course in Leamington needs an investment of pounds 300,000 to bring it up to modern standards.
They also say the numbers of golfers there are falling due to competition from other courses, closures in wet weather and lack of marketing due to lack of funds.
They have decided to hand it over to private investors for a trial period and are currently inviting tenders for the long-term lease.
Not all council members were in favour of the idea, fearing the course may not remain as open to the public as it is now.
But leisure boss Dale Best said it would have no effect on the walkers who use the paths surrounding the course.
He said: "Handing it to private managers will have no effect on public access.
"We could put a cap on charges if councillors are worried but there does not seem to be any need.
"If someone makes horrendous charges, then no-one will use it.
"Usage of Newbold Comyn had dropped over the years and it is because of competition."
The course currently needs money spending on it to bring it up to basic requirements in course drainage, rebuilds to some greens and a general face-lift to the infrastructure.
A report to councillors says the difficulty facing golf in general has been "further impacted on with the reduction nationally in the number of new golfers entering into the sport."
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Date:||Dec 18, 2002|
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