Coronavirus causes financial blow for Ashton Golf Club

ASHTON Golf Club admitted it has already taken a huge financial hit through coronavirus.

While competitions and social golf is still being played, it is off the course where there is most impact with Ashton forced to shut the clubhouse which includes its bar and restaurant.

“Last week we were forced to cancel five functions in what would have been the most lucrative week of the financial year,” explained secretary Steve Martin.

They included a sell-out sportsman’s dinner with former Manchester United and England footballer Bryan Robson the guest speaker.

Ashton Golf Club

Mr Martin said: “The club would have been full on Friday, and Sunday while there were also a couple of midweek events which were also cancelled.

“We have lost a significant amount of money from losing these events.

“And looking at any golf club, they are probably only profitable between April and the end of September and in the other six months you are looking at a loss.

“If this continues, you are looking at the club making a significant loss in this financial year.

“And I fear some other clubs will fall off the cliff and not survive.”

Mr Martin added the club’s only income is from membership subscriptions and they have lost all other ancillary income.

He continued: “This crisis could not have come at a worse time with subs due now.

“We are anticipating subs will be down with some members hesitant to renew them.

“However, on Friday (March 20) I have never seen so many cars are the club on a Friday.

“Members were clearly desperate to get on the course and have some social interaction.

“We have put I precautions such as extra hand sanitising but at this time there is no better place than being on the golf course.”

It is very much business as usual with captain’s drive-in taking place as normal on Sunday, March 29.

Mr Martin conceded the club’s finances with be “hit for six” in the current financial year.

“It is unfortunate because on the last financial year up to September we had a great year in which we attracted a lot of new members,” he said.

Mr Martin added the course has never been in a better condition than in the last two years, despite the unprecedented amount of rain in what has been one of the wettest winters on record.

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