Members ‘devastated’ as honours boards are stripped from Haste Hill GC
The decision by Hillingdon Council to remove honours boards from Haste Hill Golf Club has prompted anger among club members.
The council, which runs and owns the clubhouse facility as well as the public golf course, took down all the wooden boards from the two function rooms and bar areas, offering to install a small digital honours board as a ‘gesture of goodwill’.
The reason behind the decision, according to Hillingdon Council, is that people keen to hire the premises for future functions could be put off by the existence of the boards, although the club says the council has provided no evidence to back up the claims.
Honours boards are an important part of every club’s history and John Patterson, Haste Hill Golf Club president, believes the identity of the club, which was founded in 1930, could soon be lost.
“I’m devastated at what the council has done,” he said. “It has taken away the history of our club. I have played here since 1980 and now all my memories have gone. These people don’t really understand, do they?”
The club has repeatedly attempted to explain to the council how important the retention and visibility of these wooden boards are – both to current and past members whose names appear on those boards. However, its appeals have fallen on deaf ears.
A statement from the club continued: “Golf clubs up and down the country regularly let their premises for a variety of reasons, and there is little evidence that any club has been asked to remove its boards for a letting.
“Indeed, it is rare that any club has found the existence of these boards has prevented it from achieving whatever extra income it wanted from letting its premises. In fact, many people choose to host events at golf clubs and other similar establishments because of the history on show.”