Southwood Golf Course in Farnborough is to close and will be turned into a natural green space

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Southwood Golf Course To Close

A Hampshire public golf course is set to close.

Southwood Golf Course’s fate was sealed yesterday at a local council meeting where the cabinet agreed to shut down the Farnborough municipal.

Its 50 acre land will be now used for a country park, to what the council call ‘natural open spaces’ featuring walking and cycling trails.

Rushmoor Council says Southwood’s closure will provide what is known as Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) – to accomodate new housing developments nearby.

Southwood Golf Course

Southwood Golf Course is a pay and play facility and has been the centre for much of the local golfing community for 40 years.

Major champion and Olympic Gold Medallist Justin Rose, who played the course as a junior, growing up in nearby Fleet, pledged his support in September.

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Rose tweeted, “Played Southwood many times as a junior, it’s a great course to grow this great game.”

“Rushmoor Council you should think again….”

Annual rounds at Southwood have dropped from 40,000 to 25,000 according to the council, who pay £40,000 to subsidise it.

Southwood golfers had a petition named ‘Stop the closure of Southwood Golf Course’ for people to sign which received over 2,500 signatures.

It read:

‘Southwood Golf Course has been an integral part of the local community for 40 years and attracts visitors from all walks of life who can enjoy a beautiful course at an affordable price not available at other courses in the area.  The facility is well used by members and non-members alike with over 25,000 rounds of golf played every year.

The golf course contributes to a vibrant, inclusive community for males and females of all ages. It embraces diversity in our community by encouraging and providing participation for all, regardless of age, gender, ethnic background or income.

Southwood Golf Course

The first tee

It plays a vital part in the health and well being of it’s members and a closure would remove many members’ primary source of physical exercise and social community, without an affordable, local alternative.

It has raised in the region of £300,000 for local charities, unrelated to the club itself, such as Frimley Park Children’s Hospital, Help for Heroes, Alzheimer’s & Dementia charities, Count the Kicks and many others.

It’s closure would not guarantee the space would be used, maintained and enjoyed by as many people who use the Golf Course currently.’

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