Leeds golf club awaits d-day decision over closure bid

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MEMBERS of two popular council-run golf clubs are awaiting the outcome of a decision over their uncertain future.

Popular Gotts Park Golf Club at Armley and Middleton Golf Club in south Leeds were threatened with closure a year ago due to Leeds City Council budget cuts.

But the authority offered users a one-year reprieve to get business booming and save themselves.

The clubs are now waiting anxiously to find out what decision is be to made as the council considers whether or not they remain financially viable.

Members of Gotts Park Golf Club in Armley fear closure of the club could leave a gaping hole in the community, as well as lowering fitness levels in the area.

The club, which has 120 members, say locals would struggle to find a nearby replacement.

President David Gregory said: “We have recently had lots of new members, up by 20 per cent, and it is well used by all ages.

“We are anxiously awaiting the outcome of the decision.”

The Armley venue is attended by Leeds playwright and TV writer Mark Catley, who is backing calls to save the club: “Us members love it and take great pride in playing for the club.”

The club has been working to provide events to help boost business.

Lynne Walls, who organised the club’s recent Christmas party, said: “Over the years, the attendance at the party has gone from strength to strength.

“It’s great to see the golf club being supported by its members, particularly now, when we face closure.”

Karen Bickers, club member, said their recent festive party had been a huge success: “As well as hoping the children have a great day, we also hope that events like this show the council that there is a community of people here that will sorely miss the golf club if it were to be closed down.”

Leeds City Council is working with the clubs to establish a business case to keep both facilities open.

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