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Rutland County Golf Club on the A1 near Stamford will close at the end of March

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Rutland County Golf Club has announced to its members that it will close at the end of March.

The 18-hole course opened about 27 years ago, having been originally landscaped on former farmland close to the A1 near Woolfox.

According to club manager Simone Lowe, the privately owned business currently has about 450 members.

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Facilities include a floodlit driving range, pro-shop and clubhouse with bar, restaurant and meeting room.

Owner of the business, George Lowe, has been unwell and no longer wishes to continue. As a result, the club will cease to trade with the current management on March 31.

“Up until that point both the course and the clubhouse will be staffed and run as normal,” she said, adding: “As yet, nothing has been sold and no previous attempts to sell were made, we are currently giving every offer that comes in serious consideration.

“When the club is sold, we will make arrangements for the upkeep until such times as it’s no longer under our control.”

David Rippon, club secretary, said it was “devastating” news because the club members shared great camaraderie.

“The main thing that’s good about the club is that the members are super,” he said.

“It’s also that the course is relatively flat, which for people like me makes playing a round of golf much easier.”

David, a previous captain who has been secretary since 2013, said an extraordinary general meeting would be held at the clubhouse on Sunday, February 23, at 2pm for members to discuss what happens next. This will include what happens to the trophies and clubhouse display boards.

Do you have any ideas of how they can be used?

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