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Price rise could lead to slow decline

PENSIONERS and mid-week golfers will be hit the hardest when the municipal golf course price hikes come into force in April.

PENSIONERS and mid-week golfers will be hit the hardest when the municipal golf course price hikes come into force in April.

Birmingham City Council have announced that green fees will rise despite less people using the leisure facility.

Currently golfers aged over 60 with a passport to leisure card receive a discounted rate of just £8.50 for 18 holes.

However from April they will have to stump up £10.

The standard midweek price for 18 holes will rise from £14 to £16 and nine-hole tickets will also increase.

However, Mark Hampton, general manager and PGA professional of Hatchford Brook Golf Course in Sheldon, is remaining optimistic about the increase.

“Not all the green fees are rising, so it won’t have a major affect on everyone,” he said.

“Regarding the pensioners; where else can they go and play golf for £10?”

Mr Hampton who also runs the pro-shop at Harborne Church Farm Golf Club says that golf in general is suffering and less people are playing the sport.

Some members at the club have vented their anger at the proposed increases and club secretary Ian Thomson is worried the rise will result in membership decreasing even further.

“The increase will serve to drive even more golfers away,” he said.

 

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