A new golf club, based at the former Izaak Walton Golf Club, will officially launch on Friday 17th February 2017.
Potential golfers can learn more about membership opportunities and plans for development at an open evening taking place in the Club House from 7pm, with wine, cheese & professional entertainment.
The new club is the brainchild of a group of members of the former Izaak Walton Golf Club, which went into liquidation in May last year. Rather than see a thriving community club with a great course & facilities go to waste retired firefighter and new member Andy Dennis, ex club captain and lifelong member Dennis Cooper and several other dedicated members of the club joined forces to bring a Phoenix from the flames.
Andy says: “We just weren’t prepared to give up – even with the Club House closed, we just turned up in the mornings and played nine. It was a difficult time not knowing what was going to be happening but we didn’t want to walk away and let the club close for good. I’d only been a member for four weeks but there was something about the club I noticed straight away – an atmosphere, community spirit, togetherness. I just felt I needed to stay and be part of it.”
Norton Bridge Golf Course is now completely member-run, and boasts a re-opened Club House and a fully open front nine maintained by greenkeepers John Walshaw and Dan Lakin with support from Andy. There are also plans to develop a practice area at the back of the club from March 2017 where the FootGolf course currently using part of the back nine will be relocated. This will see the back nine re-opened and a fully functional 18-hole golf course back in play.
Committee member, Elaine Bird, says: “We are hugely excited at the prospect of the 18-hole course re-opening and are keen to expand our membership. We have a lot of interest from former Izaak Walton members who moved clubs during the closed period to maintain their handicaps, as well as potential new members. We’d urge anyone who enjoys golf and wants to be part of a friendly, social club to come along to the launch evening and discover more. We’re of a good-spirited bunch of golfing folk who love their club and are working 24-7 to meet our goal of bringing it back to its former glory. We’re hugely grateful for the support we’ve received from England Golf and Staffordshire Golf over the past months, and the future is bright!”
The club is currently accepting applications for adult, joint pairs, junior, intermediate and family memberships, with day memberships and pay and play also available. With a 7-day-play adult membership costing just £595 per year, the club represents great value.
To find out more about becoming a member head along to the launch evening, which will take place at the Norton Bridge GC Club House, near Norton Bridge in Stone, from 7pm on Friday, 17th February 2017.