Anger over golf club plans

Charnock Richard Golf Club President, John Sinclair (centre), has launched a campaign to save the club after it was bought by Dave Whelan
Charnock Richard Golf Club President, John Sinclair (centre), has launched a campaign to save the club after it was bought by Dave Whelan

Angry members of a Chorley golf club say they have been left in ‘limbo’ after it was sold off to Wigan Athletic.

The players from Charnock Richard Golf Club said they fear the course could close before the end of the season – despite paying annual subscription fees of £625 that would take them to December.

They have also had to fork out £180 for fuel for the grass cutter to allow competitions to be played.

They are now calling for answers from the football club, who have revealed plans to develop the site into their new academy and training ground.

President of the club John Sinclair said: “I’m sick as a parrot. We have more than 100 members at the club and we have all been left in limbo with nobody telling us what is

happening.

“We have seen the new owner Dave Whelan up there, but he hasn’t told us anything.

“We have put a poster up saying ‘save our club’, but we’re even having to pay for our own fuel for the grass cutter.

“A lot of the members have been there since it first opened and many of them are pensioners.

“The course is ideal as it is pretty flat and I play up there four times a week.

“It’s a very sorry state of

affairs.”

Wigan announced plans to develop the site just days after Mr Whelan bought the property at a public auction last month.

John added: “We could lose our subscription fees and members are already leaving because of the uncertainty.

“Someone needs to make some decisions and quick as it’s not fair on the members who use the club.

“There are a hardcore few who are doing our best to keep it going as long as we can, but we’re really up against it.”

No-one from Wigan Athletic was able to comment.