Fergie applies for membership at exclusive golf club

Sir Alex Ferguson has applied for membership at Wilmslow Golf Club in Cheshire

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Mon, 29 Jul 2013
Fergie applies for membership at exclusive golf club

SIR ALEX FERGUSON has applied to become a member of 130-year-old Wilmslow Golf Club in Cheshire.

Sir Alex, who is already the honarary president of nearby De Vere Mottram Hall, lives locally and has taken up golf again following his retirement from football management earlier this year.

Membership at Wilmslow is very exclusive, with applicants needing both a proposer and a seconder, as well as up to four sponsors before being considered.

Sir Alex could then be required to play an initiation round in order to check his golfing ability and etiquette.

However, the club insists Sir Alex will not receive any special treatment on account of his celebrity status and achievements during his managerial career, in which he won 17 league titles, 24 domestic trophies, six European crowns and two global club tournaments.

Former Manchester United player Dwight Yorke played under Sir Alex in the late 1990s, but the tables could now be turned as Yorke is a current member of Wilmslow, and may be asked to play with his old boss during his initiation round.

One current member said: “The committee will still have to go through due process, regardless of who wants to join and even if that person is a man of the calibre of Sir Alex Ferguson.

“The standing joke at the clubhouse is whether Dwight Yorke will take him out for his initial round and bark out the orders at his old boss.”

Wilmslow was founded in the late 1880s and the current 6,635-yard par-72 course was opened in 1903.