Police called to golf club which lies on confusing England-Wales border

Discussions take place at Llanymynech Golf Club as to whether it can remain open for play...

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Sun, 3 Jan 2021
Police called to golf club which lies on confusing England-Wales border

Police were called to Llanymynech Golf Club on its confusing England-Wales border yesterday after Powys County Council ordered it to be closed down, according to a report in Shropshire Star

As it stands under the latest coronavirus guidelines, all golf clubs in Wales have shut down under Level 4 guidance, while golf courses in England are allowed to remain open for play but only for two-balls or individual households and bubbles. 

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Confusion has surrounded Llanymynech GC in recent months as a result of its course being located in both England and Wales. Half of its holes are in Shropshire, with the other half in Wales. 

According to the Shropshire Star's latest report, "club officials said officers were only there to assist and were not there to enforce the closure of the club, and that further discussion over whether it can stay open are likely to take place early next week."

The golf club had been allowed to remain open in December 2020 as it was deemed to be operating under England restrictions rather than Welsh ones. It does, however, pay its rates to Powys County Council as so it must abide to the council's decision.

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Sian Whiteoak, club secretary, said: "Powys County Council have asked us to close for the time being. The police came in a supporting capacity. We're still in discussion with everybody.

"Our governing body for golf is in England. Our club house has been closed since October. It's one of those confusing situations because we are half and half (in Shropshire and Wales)."

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