Members of Leighton Buzzard golf club have given the green light to proposals to cut annual subscriptions and joining fees in a drive to attract more young people to take up the sport.
As part of a ground-breaking initiative, the Plantation Road club has extended its “intermediate” category of membership by ten years – from the age of 30 to 40. The introduction of a three-phase entry fee and annual subscriptions graduated by age from 18, adds up to savings of more than £750.
The new rates, coupled with extended payment facilities, apply to both five day and full memberships. There’s also a three-tier Academy programme, with packages for beginners, golfers wishing to hone their skills and a 12-month programme embracing regular professional coaching courses, daily access to the course and club house facilities – all for a fee averaging around £10 a week.
Leighton members also enjoy reciprocal golf at seven other quality courses within a comfortable travelling distance of the town.
Ken Wilson, who is heading the club membership drive, told members at the AGM that the new initiatives were needed to “rejuvenate” the sport, encouraging younger people to learn skills that will last a lifetime in a warm, welcoming and friendly social environment.
More information is available on the club website, www.lbgc.co.uk, or by contacting Kate or Damian on 01525 244802.
The Leighton club – owned and managed by its members – is currently investing over £500,000 on a new state-of-the-art course irrigation system which will be fully operational by April.
The new membership proposals were approved after treasurer Philip Whitecross told members that the club is “financially sound”. A small number of vacancies are currently available.
Company director Phil, 56, a member of the Leighton club for 17 years, was named ‘Clubman of the Year’ by retiring Captain Robbie John.