Scottish golf club to begin selling crates of wine to use up bar tabs

Tantallon Golf Club in North Berwick are offering members the chance to use up the bar tabs that they built up during lockdown.

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Wed, 3 Nov 2021

Scottish golf club to begin selling crates of wine to use up bar tabs

A golf club in Scotland is offering its members the chance to use up their bar credit by buying full crates of wine.

As reported by the East Lothian Courier, Tantallon Golf Club in North Berwich provides a £75 bar credit in their annual subscription which is paid into each member's personal accounts.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, all unused credit would be written off which meant that the members would miss out on a chunk of their membership privilege.

The East Lothian Council's licensing board was told that the golf club's council had decided to carry the 2020 bar accounts over to 2021 due to the public lockdowns.

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This meant that many members had built up a lot of credit on their personal accounts and Tantallon is now keen to allow the members to use it before December 31.

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Andy Edwards, from the club that was founded in 1853, said to the board during a virtual meeting that the club wanted to introduce the wine scheme which offers members the chance to buy it by the crate.

The club currently has 300 full-time members and an additional 70 country members who live more than 100 miles from the clubhouse and 60 social members.

"As part of our annual subscription for all our members, they are levied with an amount which is attributable to an account on their card for bar purchases and can be spent on food and drink," said Edwards. 

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"For full members that amounts to £75 annually; it is an encouragement for people to come to the clubhouse and socialise with the other members. 

"However, last year, 2020, obviously with all of the closures of the clubhouse through Covid lockdowns, our council decided it was unreasonable to write off these balances so brought them forward into 2021."

The club has applied for a general off-sales license for the clubhouse. It was described as a 'well-run business' by the board's trading standards officer.

 

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