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Original members enjoy a final Texas Scramble as Waldringfield Golf Club course closes – for the time being

PUBLISHED: 14:54 15 April 2017

Final day competition at Waldringfield Golf Club before redevelopment of the course and facilities

Pictured are some of the members who turned up for the final competition (l-r):
Peter Rowbotham  
Brian O'Reilly  
Graham Branch  
Mike Western

Final day competition at Waldringfield Golf Club before redevelopment of the course and facilities Pictured are some of the members who turned up for the final competition (l-r): Peter Rowbotham Brian O'Reilly Graham Branch Mike Western

Saturday, April 1, saw 124 members of Waldringfield Golf Club play a Texas Scramble competition to mark the end of the course as they know it – the course now closed for the time being, as it gets set for a re-design – subject to planning permission.

Final day competition at Waldringfield Golf Club before redevelopment of the course and facilities

Club professional Matt Ransome
Final day competition at Waldringfield Golf Club before redevelopment of the course and facilities Club professional Matt Ransome

It was 34 years to the day of the event, that Waldringfield Golf Club was established as a nine-hole course back in 1983 with then just 120 members.

The course was originally opened by Arthur Clarke a local business man and became an 18-hole course in 1987 and has become a respected club within Suffolk.

Among those taking part were 20 of the original members and eight past captains

In 1987 the course was extended to 18 holes and over the years has matured into a magnificent test of golf thanks to the gorse lined fairways, which will remain prominent in the new layout as the course is set to return to a much more ‘traditional heathland’ layout.

Final day competition at Waldringfield Golf Club before redevelopment of the course and facilities

Pictured are some of the members who turned up for the final competition (l-r):
Keith Chittock  
Tommy Knights  
John Rhind  
Toni Nelli Final day competition at Waldringfield Golf Club before redevelopment of the course and facilities Pictured are some of the members who turned up for the final competition (l-r): Keith Chittock Tommy Knights John Rhind Toni Nelli

The club enjoyed success over the years in county competitions and has over recent years, run one of the best Junior Open events in the area attracting some of the finest young golfers from Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

The competition was a fantastic event, enjoyed by all, followed by a buffet lunch, presentation and a few words from some past captains.

The course is now closed, but, subject to planning permission, aims to be back open for play at the earliest possible opportunity in 2018.

The clubhouse is also currently closed for refurbishment, but plans to re-open, subject to planning permission for the group development proposals, ahead of the golf course and will continue to offer facilities for day to day food and beverages. This will be supported by the continued offering of private function rooms for both day and evening hire as well as meeting and conference facilities for local businesses.

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  • No mention of the poor staff who were made redundant (including the head greenkeeper) yet who turned up on the last day to make it a fond farewell. It's all about money.

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    threenewknees

    Sunday, April 16, 2017

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