The sudden closure of an English golf club has been described as ‘cowardly’.
The gates of Park Hill Golf Club in Leicestershire were locked without staff being given prior warning and it is understood that owners, the Mee family, have sold up to Leicester City Football Club so it can build a new state-of-the-art training complex on the land.
Some members recently bought three-year memberships at the club, while an upcoming wedding booked at the club costing more than £2,000 now won’t happen.
The anger from members at the sudden closure resulted in a Facebook page being set-up called ParkhillSticktogether, with one status branding the closure as ‘cowardly’.
“This is a Facebook page for everyone who wants to stick together to help each other who are affected by Park Hill’s cowardly closure,” it read.
Another status included a dig at the owners. It read: “Let’s all be honest though David Christopher Mee will come out of this smelling of roses with a smug look on his face.”
Members were able to return to the golf club at a later date to retrieve items that had been left, with many aggrieved at the sudden manner in which the popular golf club closed.
“Emotions were high with many members in tears over the way the club had been closed, with many feeling they should have been allowed to have a last round of golf at a club that held many great memories,” read a statement on the club’s website.
With a maximum yardage of 7,222, the par-73 course at Park Hill was the longest in the county.