Woodham Golf and Country Club in Durham has been granted planning permission to build 50 homes to safeguard its future.
The club was bought by development company Hall Construction in 2014, and reports have suggested the course could close if no significant investment is made in it,
Hall Construction's plan includes course design improvements such as larger tee areas, new fairways and greens, additional holes and a new practice area, as well as the refurbishment of the clubhouse, on top of the 50-strong housing development. In total the project is set to cost £9.7 million.
"The golf course suffers from poor drainage which results in around 70 days of closure a year," states the application. "This, in turn, impacts on membership numbers and the golf club currently requires an annual subsidy of around £400,000 per annum from Hall Construction to remain operational. This is not sustainable."
Hall Construction has also said the refurbished facility will include provision for free golf to children aged under 11 and for local charities.
And land at the entrance to Beeston Fields Golf Club in Nottingham is being sold by the owners in a bid to raise cash to fund the refurbishment of the clubhouse.
The site, of around 0.75 acres, has planning consent for three, four-bedroom houses.
Philippa Marshall, Beeston Fields managing director, said: "This development is an exciting opportunity for us. It will improve the entrance to Beeston Fields and will also enable us to move ahead with our ambitious plans to refurbish and upgrade our restaurant and clubhouse."
Ann Taylor, associate director in the development team at Savills Nottingham, which is marketing the land, added: "The redevelopment of the land will enable the owners to realise their aspirations for improvements, which will not only benefit its members and residents in the close vicinity, but also provide an opportunity for striking new residential units in an attractive green and leafy setting.
"I have no doubt that this site will be highly desirable to developers."
You can read the full article from the Golf Club Management HERE