A member of the The Oaks in Mollington has slammed the golf club’s assertion that the decision to sell up is the ‘right move for all concerned’.
The Townfield Lane club will close its doors on May 31 after owners accepted an offer from a ‘local’ investor – three years after it was rescued from receivers.
A spokesman for The Oaks told The Chronicle it has made good progress in re-establishing itself in the Chester market but still has ‘some way to go’ in securing a long-term future and reducing its reliance upon function business.
Of the decision to sell, he said: “We believe this is the right move for all concerned and take comfort in the fact our existing members will be able to find alternative places at other clubs.
“The day the club closes will be a sad one, but we hope it will help re-balance the local market and assist other clubs in the area to thrive.”
But Ken Black says he has ‘several years of personal investment’ as a member of the club and goes there to meet up with old friends, as well as to play golf.
'Not in community's interests'
“I have been a member of the club since just after it opened and I can assure you that all the existing members do not believe it is either in our interests or the interests of the local community to lose such a good facility”, Mr Black said.
“There are no grounds for the spokesperson to be the least bit comforted by the fact that we will have to find other clubs to join, and as for the statement about the closure assisting other clubs to thrive makes the sale sound almost philanthropic.”
Mr Black added that he understands the club has been sold for purposes other than golf.
The Chronicle approached The Oaks to comment on the future use of the club, but they declined.
A letter sent to members from general manager Brian Dique states that all pre-booked functions and golf events will be ‘honoured in full’ up until the end of May.
Members will be reimbursed for any unexpired portion of their annual membership which falls between the club’s final operating date and their rolling renewal date.
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