Keen golfers will be interested to hear that a new club based at the former Isaak Walton Golf Club will officially launch on Friday, 17th February 2017.
An open launch evening with cheese, wine and professional entertainment, will take place in the Club House from 7pm, where guests can learn more about the new Norton Bridge Golf Club – including membership opportunities and plans for development. The new club is the brainchild of a group of members of the former Isaak Walton Golf Club, which went into liquidation in May last year.
Not content with seeing the great course and facilities of what had been a thriving community club 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.”
Completely member-run, Norton Bridge GC has a re-opened Club House and a fully open front nine maintained by greenkeepers John Walshaw and Dan Lakin with support from Andy. In March 2017, there are plans to develop a practice area at the rear of the club, 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 Isaak 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.