Newbold Comyn Golf course

Mack Golf has withdrawn from the management of the golf course occupying half of Newbold Comyn. Their lease agreement with Warwick District (WDC) has ended and WDC is not sure what to do next. They have not ruled out the possibility of it reverting to a golf course and are maintaining it for the time being.

The reason given is that “golf is not so popular as it once was,” which is true up to a point. Jan Gillett, who is a regular golfer write. “Our public course was an ambitious venture, but not kept to the standards expected by regular players. This would demand maintenance that the low fee levels payed by casual golfers could probably never pay for.”

Given the importance of the 300 acre (120 hectares) green belt site (part of which is run by the Warwick Wildlife Trust as the Leam Valley Nature Reserve) WDC does not propose to allow housing and is going to commission a report on the best alternative use, which should be ready in September.  The public are to be consulted after the report is published.  This will be our opportunity to make suggestions.

One thought on “Newbold Comyn Golf course

  1. Dave Chamberlain says:

    “Members will be aware that over the last ten years there has been a marked reduction in the number of people participating in golf either on a pay-and-play basis or through a golf club. Indeed the decline in golf participation is what lay behind the problems Mack was experiencing.”
    Mack Golf’s problems were all their own doing, ask members at Mack Golf’s other courses what they think of them. Moors Valley members can’t wait to get rid of them.

    Mack Golf ran the golf course as a loss leader – no machinery was maintained and for the last three years the course has been unplayable during the growing months, not until June/July time has the course been anything like a golf course. The pitch and putt area has turned into a wasteland.

    All the bunkers have been out of play during the majority of this time too. Why would any Golfer want to play at such a course? Broken promise after broken promise year on year to the members by Mack have brought the course to it’s knees…..down but not broken.
    The true decline of Newbold Comyn has been through Mack Golfs pricing strategy. they have alienated members and encouraged them not to purchase season tickets, the offer of golf for as little as £5 per round is never going to be able to financially sustain a golf course.
    A realistic pricing strategy, well maintained machinery and a desire to actually run the course for profit is all it takes – you can’t buy the golf course at Newbold, it is one of the best and toughest in the midlands.

    Run it well and the public will return in numbers!

    If the council is prepared to invest £100,000 in the upkeep of the land why not run it as a golf course for a year?
    Dave Chamberlain

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