125-Year-Old Canwick Park Golf Club To Enter Liquidation

The Lincoln golf club's future will now lie in the hands of its liquidators

Canwick Park Golf Club
Canwick Park GC has features wonderful views of Lincoln City Centre

The Lincoln golf club's future will now lie in the hands of its liquidators

125-Year-Old Canwick Park Golf Club To Enter Liquidation

Canwick Park Golf Club in Lincolnshire, which should be celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, chose to enter voluntary liquidation after an EGM on Wednesday night.

Members were in attendance at the EGM where the club was set to be placed in voluntary liquidation due to its financial struggles in paying the rent for the property.

The club rents the land from one of the land owners, Jesus College Oxford, for £25,000 per year who were given the land by the Sibthorpe family for the people of Lincoln to use for leisure or grazing.

The undulating course features excellent views of the City of Lincoln including its Cathedral and Castle and is a central golfing hub for locals.

The club has informed the bank and land owners of their decision to enter liquidation and its future will now lie in the hands of the liquidators.

If the golf club does close, staff will lost their jobs, members will lose their golf course and the club's steward will lose both his home and job.

The likelihood is people will lose their jobs, the Steward his home and job and the members their course.

"If you cut me you would find half of me belonged to Canwick Park," one member said at the EGM.

Another member told Golf Monthly, "I can’t sleep due to thinking about our golf club.

"What I witnessed last night was a bit of the local community wilting and dying, and once this beautiful historic course has gone you will never see the like of it again."

The same member also described Canwick Park's members, both male and female and of long standing at the club, of making impassioned speeches with tears in their eyes.

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Canwick Park Golf Club is just another UK golf club that looks like it will be closing its doors.

Laleham Golf Club in Surrey, also with over 100 years of history, closed its doors in 2017 and Southwood Golf Course in Hampshire closed in early October.

A further seven golf courses' futures are also in doubt after Mack Golf went into liquidation in October.

Southwood was the eighth of Mack Golf's UK courses and the local council were unable to keep it going.

Let's hope golf can still be played at Canwick Park.

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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