Club needs to downsize to 12 holes ‘in order to survive’

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir January 29, 2021 07:53

A Buckinghamshire golf club has said it needs to downsize from 18 holes to 12 – and build an area for mobile homes where those former six holes were located – otherwise it will not be financially viable.

Acting on behalf of Three Locks Golf Club, WS Planning has applied to Buckinghamshire Council for full planning permission for the change of use of land to site 119 lodge style holiday caravans, with landscaping and ancillary works.

The proposed development will utilise land that currently accommodates six holes – with the remaining 12 holes remaining intact.

Three Locks Golf Club. Image from Facebook

According to reports, the course would be a nine-hole venue so golfers could still be provided with an 18-hole golfing experience, and with three additional holes to provide further flexibility.

The project would also lead to the formation of two new ponds.

WS Planning says the fortunes of Three Locks Golf Club have mirrored those of golf courses across the country and there has been a steady decline in the number of golfers frequenting the club and a subsequent reduction in turnover.

‘The ongoing consequence of this decline is that without diversification it will not be financially viable in the long term and will have to close’, it states.


Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir January 29, 2021 07:53
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  1. PV February 9, 10:32

    Why not put the old people on the 9 hole course and let the young people have the 3 hole course?
    That way the old people will be happy and can´t moan at the younger generation who can enjoy having their own course, be young and learn golf in 2021.

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  2. JP February 1, 12:42

    May as well go to 9 with 2 pins in each green and more tees to mix it up for second 9. Golfers can then play 9 or 18 and starter controls crossover. There’s one in our area and its very successful – Nico Wynd GC.

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  3. Jo C January 31, 11:32

    18 holes takes too much time for the average player, so this will be interesting to follow

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  4. Brendan JR January 30, 17:18

    I love 12 holes!! Front 6, back 6….pint afterwards.

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