Swinton Park Golf Club in Salford has closed down after 94 years due to financial difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The golf club, which first opened for play in 1926, closed down last week following a disagreement between owners and members at a Salford City Council meeting.
Controversy surrounds the sale of the land, which is held in high regard by developers and house builders.
As recently as 2017, the club was saved by 22 members with contributions of over £1 million. One member even donated £700,000.
A spokesperson for ‘Save Swinton Golf Club’ said: “What we are trying to achieve at Save Swinton Park is to ensure the future of the golf club and the land surrounding it.”
Member of Save Swinton Golf Club, Helen Leigh, said: “It’s a beautiful area, lots of trees and good for the environment. Is it necessary to ruin all this just to make a few rich?
“The East Lancs and Lancaster road are already a nightmare at rush hour, this development will make it a lot worse. Let’s just hope somebody listens for once.”
“Swinton Park is a haven for not only golfers but local wildlife and greenery and we at Save Swinton are aiming to keep it that way!”
Former member of the golf club, Arthur Whitworth said: “I believe this to be outrageous it will affect wildlife.
“The congestion on the roads will be even worse than it is now they talk about congestion charges to stop air pollution but it will add to this and the loss of all the green land and trees.
“I wonder if the owners of Bellway homes would like it where they live.”
Your Housing Group, which owns over 30,000 homes, had recently pulled out of purchasing a Salford golf club site for development after it was found “viable” for the sport, in line with an agreement with the council.
However, it is now thought that a number of housing developers are ready to bid for the right to build on this greenbelt.
The club opened its doors on May 12th 1926. ‘The Daily Dispatch’ reported on that day:
“Although only a few minutes walk from the main Bolton-Manchester road at Irlams O’th’Height, one could almost imagine, on the course, that one was in the heart of the country.”