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Spend more on our greens, urge golfers; LEISURE BOSS DENIES BOWLING IS GIVEN BETTER TREATMENT THAN OTHER SPORTS.

Byline: ARRYN BUGGINS

GOLFERS in Leamington are complaining that their council facilities are suffering while bowlers are getting red carpet treatment.

Regular users of the municipal golf course at Newbold Comyn say that dogs are spoiling their rounds and that the greens are not kept up to scratch.

But they say money is poured into the town's world-renowned bowling green in Archery Road.

However Dale Best, head of Warwick District Council's leisure department, believes more people praise the 30-year-old golf course than knock it.

David Saul, a parish councillor from Cubbington, has taken up the complaints of golfers who say more money should be spent on the course.

Mr Saul said: "Dogs roam freely and they also collect the balls and run away with them.

"The course is being allowed to deteriorate. We think priority is being given to bowling greens, and golfers are getting a second-rate amenity. Bowlers are getting a Rolls Royce, while golfers put up with a Mini."

But Dale Best said: "Newbold Comyn is among the top 10, if not the top three, council golfing areas in the country. People come from all over to play here.

"I categorically deny that money has been taken away from looking after the golf course to give to the bowling green. It is just not true.

"We have seen a reduction in the amount of money over the last 10 years but we have been able to balance that with better working practices.

"This course was bought for the people of Leamington and I am proud of the facilities there. It is a top-class site and a lot of golfers would give their right arm to play there.

"I would say that 95 per cent of dog walkers behave sensibly but there is a minority who will walk through the middle.

"It is a common and there is not much that we can do."

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