The popular Pewit Golf Course in Derbyshire has been saved from permanent closure and has reopened to golfers for the very first time since the March 2020 lockdown.
Despite a local protest, the 9-hole course closed down 15 months ago when the country went into lockdown for the first time as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and it did not reopen at any stage causing locals to believe it would shut down for good.
But that all changed on June 1 as the course opened its doors to the public again amid beautiful weather.
According to a report in Golf Business, Parkwood Leisure, which runs the course, worked closely with Erewash Borough Council to take the steps required to reopen the golf course to locals as part of their roadmap to reopening leisure centre facilities and activities in the area.
"We are glad we are now able to open the golf course in time for the summer so that members, families and young people can enjoy this activity once again," said Glen Hall, the managing director of Parkwood Leisure.
Councillor Carol Hart, leader of Erewash Borough Council, said: "The past year has been extremely difficult for everyone and we hope the reopening of the golf course for the summer months will help to restore some normality back into the lives of all those who love this sport."
"We are delighted that the course is being given a chance to succeed," said a spokesman for the golf course's protest group. "People can buy a season ticket or play to pay – we just want to do everything we can to encourage people to play."