This historic golf club has been saved after its members agree to sell off everything it owns

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham October 1, 2014 10:15

A 103-year-old Yorkshire golf club that was on the brink of closing down has been saved after its members agreed to sell all its assets.

Silsden Golf Club had been in financial difficulty for the last 13 years, which culminated in it owing half a million pounds. It had three options: sell the club, close it or sell its assets and take a five-year lease on some of those products, including the course, the clubhouse and the greenkeepers’ shed from the new owner, who has not been disclosed.

About 90 of the club’s 130 members unanimously voted at an extraordinary general meeting for the last option.

Club secretary Tom Starkie said there was relief that Silsden Golf Club had been saved.

“Members decided emphatically to save the club and there was a great sense of relief that at last it’s all over,” he said.

“Now we can all get on with enjoying golf without the burden of responsibility – which has made the past few years into quite a bumpy ride at times.”

 

Silsden’s clubhouse was built in 2001 with the aid of a £670,000 National Lottery grant, but the club had to part fund it at a cost of some £200,000.

“And basically there has never been a year since when we’ve made money,” said Starkie.

“This has resulted in a mortgage of about half a million pounds which consolidated all the club’s other debts that will now be cleared.

“The new large clubhouse and function room will become the property of the new owner who will be able to develop it as he wishes.

Silsden Golf Club

Silsden Golf Club

We now have light at the end of the tunnel – the next five years of golf in Silsden are guaranteed and we hope to be able to guarantee the next 100 years.

“We will just be continuing as a club after something of a new start and will encourage new members to join.

“And at last we can all get on with playing golf and not worry anymore.”

 

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham October 1, 2014 10:15
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