Captain's Reports

Dear Members - please see transcript below from recent Evening Standard article. The sub Committee will continue to press forward with this issue on your behalf. Regards. Patrick Clasby.  17/01/2018 

 

Golfers' outrage after Hillingdon council seeks to turn clubhouse into wedding venue

ROSS LYDALL - Wednesday 10 January 2018 12:34 - The Evening Standard

 

Hillingdon council hopes to market the clubhouse at Haste Hill Golf Course, in Northwood, for weddings and birthday parties.

 

It's every golfer’s dream... to have their name carved into their club’s varnished board of honours and placed where all can see — but a Tory council stands accused of trampling on tradition and erasing sporting history by removing the prized wooden panels at one of London’s best-loved courses.

 

Hillingdon council is seeking to market the clubhouse at Haste Hill Golf Course, in Northwood, for weddings and birthday parties. Club members have been told the boards listing tournament winners over past decades “detract from the premises” and cannot be hung on the function room walls. Hillingdon borough’s three MPs —Boris Johnson, John McDonnell and Nick Hurd — are being urged to help force the council, which owns the clubhouse and course, into a rethink. The boards were removed to allow for redecoration but were not put back when work finished last month. 

 

Club members have been told boards listing tournament winners over past decades 'detract from premises'

Haste Hill Golf Club president John Paterson said: “I’m devastated. They have taken away the history of our club. "I’ve played here since 1980 and now all my memories have gone. These people don’t really understand, do they?” Hillingdon council claimed people thinking of hiring the clubhouse would be “put off” by the boards, which were in two function rooms and the bar. They have offered to install a small digital honours board as a “gesture of goodwill”. Club members — 170 men and 70 women, aged from eight to 80 — said the council failed to understand its wish to celebrate the achievements of golfers since its founding in 1930. Many members started as juniors and some names on the boards chart the success of families over three generations. 

 

The club said there is no evidence the boards will deter people from holding functions, arguing that many host events at golf, tennis and cricket clubs because of the history on show.

Hillingdon said it had spent £250,000 on renovation: “The public golf course and its clubhouse is very popular and open to everyone, and the venue is hired out for events and weddings to increase revenue. 

"Haste Hill Golf Club is a separately organised group that uses the course but does not contribute financially to the building or its upkeep, and their 26 wooden boards were dissuading people from hiring the venue. 

"The council offered to replace them with a digital board. The clubhouse is set in beautiful surroundings and we hope the refurbishment will encourage more residents to visit."

 

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