Original members enjoy a final Texas Scramble as Waldringfield Golf Club course closes – for the time being
Saturday, April 1, saw 124 members of Waldringfield Golf Club play a Texas Scramble competition to mark the end of the course as they know it – the course now closed for the time being, as it gets set for a re-design – subject to planning permission.
It was 34 years to the day of the event, that Waldringfield Golf Club was established as a nine-hole course back in 1983 with then just 120 members.
The course was originally opened by Arthur Clarke a local business man and became an 18-hole course in 1987 and has become a respected club within Suffolk.
Among those taking part were 20 of the original members and eight past captains
In 1987 the course was extended to 18 holes and over the years has matured into a magnificent test of golf thanks to the gorse lined fairways, which will remain prominent in the new layout as the course is set to return to a much more ‘traditional heathland’ layout.
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The club enjoyed success over the years in county competitions and has over recent years, run one of the best Junior Open events in the area attracting some of the finest young golfers from Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.
The competition was a fantastic event, enjoyed by all, followed by a buffet lunch, presentation and a few words from some past captains.
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The course is now closed, but, subject to planning permission, aims to be back open for play at the earliest possible opportunity in 2018.
The clubhouse is also currently closed for refurbishment, but plans to re-open, subject to planning permission for the group development proposals, ahead of the golf course and will continue to offer facilities for day to day food and beverages. This will be supported by the continued offering of private function rooms for both day and evening hire as well as meeting and conference facilities for local businesses.