Golf might be booming on the majority of courses up and down the UK since the sport's return during the lockdown, but spare a thought for others not so fortunate as news has reached us that a third golf club has been forced to shut down as a result of COVID-19.
Brucefields Family Golf Centre in Stirling, which featured a 9-hole course, a par-3 course and a driving range, has officially closed down after more than 25 years in business, according to a report in The Scotsman.
The Scottish venue joins Magnolia Park Hotel and Golf Club in Buckinghamshire and Patsull Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club near Wolverhampton as golf clubs that have been forced into closure since the coronavirus pandemic started this year.
While not yet closed, Bulwell Hall Golf Course and Country Park near Nottingham will close down in November.
Pewit Golf Course in Derbyshire remains closed due to the pandemic, with the Derby Telegraph reporting local golfers are becoming increasingly concerned as to whether it will ever reopen again. Some locals have even gone as far as to stage a protest over the continued closure.
"Golf courses have been allowed to open since May but Pewit Golf Course is still closed," said a spokesman for the protest group.
"We can’t get any answers from Erewash Borough Council or the company who runs the course. We’ve even gone to our MP and local councillors about it.
"We’re very frustrated by this. A lot of members are elderly and golf is one of the few things you can do to stay active and socialise and they are being denied by this at the moment.
"We cannot get any reasons for its closure – all we are told is the ‘golf course is closed for the foreseeable future’. How come [Parkwood Leisure] gyms can open but not the golf course?
"Golf is supposed to be booming at the moment but for some reason it is not in Ilkeston."
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