Strictly members-only golf club opens up to the public

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham November 20, 2015 17:59

A golf club that was strictly members-only has decided to allow non-members to visit the club. The move is being seen as a sign that the industry is in a state of modernisation due to financial necessity.

Minto Golf Club Richard Webb

Minto Golf Club. Image by Richard Webb

Minto Golf Club in Scotland previously only allowed non-members to attend its bar or restaurant if they signed in first.

That restriction has now been lifted following, approval from the club’s board of directors, an agreement with the Scottish Borders Licensing Board and no objections from the police, which was feared over a potential increase in alcohol consumption.

“Like all golf clubs in the Borders we are struggling for membership and we are trying to arrest this,” said house convener Doug Joyce.

“One of the ways is to increase footfall for meals in our clubhouse: by getting the public to come up and see our magnificent setting at Minto and perhaps become interested in playing golf here.

“We also want to be able to encourage other groups, like cycling and walking clubs, to meet here and to market the clubrooms for weddings, funerals and other functions.

“This is a food-based initiative and, because of where we are, we do not anticipate an increase in alcohol sales.”

Several golf clubs have responded to the drop in golf participation and their membership levels by making their venues more welcoming in recent years – including relaxing dress codes, marketing to women and juniors and allowing non-members to visit.


Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham November 20, 2015 17:59
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