Shock at sudden closure of golf club

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

Chorley golfers have been left reeling at the closure of their club.

The move comes just weeks after it was revealed that Wigan Athletic had bought Charnock Richard Golf Club at auction.

They announced plans to transform it into their new training base, but insisted that it would continue to operate as normal during the golfing season.

However, the gates were locked on Saturday after members were given just one day’s notice.

Former president and captain, Bill Threlfall said: “It’s a disgrace. They have done the dirty on us.

“We were assured that the club would stay open until at least the end of the season, but we received a letter on Friday to say it would close the very next day.

“Nobody from Wigan Athletic has taken the time to meet with us or discuss the plans, they have just closed without a regard to the members.

“Many of the golfers have paid subs right up until December and it’s a real kick in the teeth for the people that have put a lot of time and effort in at the club.”

Members were told that the equipment would cost £30,000 to replace - a bill Wigan weren’t willing to foot.

It means that the golfers, who are top of the Lancashire South West Senior League, haven’t got a course with two matches still to play.

Mr Threlfall added: “We don’t know where we stand now.

“We are top of the league, but don’t have anywhere to play.

“We are stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea.”

President John Sinclair said: “The letter is the first we have heard from Wigan.

“We haven’t had chance to speak to them or put our case forward, they have decided to close and we are all very, very disappointed.

“They haven’t even submitted a planning application yet and do no know whether it will be passed. It could take months before anything starts to happen.

“It seems very unfair especially as we have some big competitions coming up, but it doesn’t look like we can do anything about it.”

A spokesman for Wigan Athletic said they were unable to comment.