New golf course to open in Lostock

Players in action at the existing Regent Park Golf Club

Players in action at the existing Regent Park Golf Club

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A NEW nine-hole golf course for families is to open in Bolton.

Regent Park Golf Club, in Links Lane, Lostock, has received a “six-figure funding package” to build the course.

The company will use the funding to develop a nine-hole course aimed at families, due to open this spring, and also plans to increase staff numbers from 18 to 22 in the coming months.

The new appointments will include a professional, bringing the number based at the club to four, as well as greenkeeping and clubhouse staff.

A new pro-shop will open to cater for the club’s growing number of members and visitors.

This will also allow the popular junior teaching academy to increase its capacity.

Robin Day, Regent Park Golf Ltd director, said: “We are pleased to again be in a position where our members and visitors can look forward to seeing further significant investment at their club.

“The traditional joining fee and membership business model is no longer viable for golf clubs, so we have adapted over the years and are seeing the benefits of that approach.

"More people are playing Regent Park and that figure will increase further with the opening of our new family course in the spring.”

The municipal course, originally opened in 1922, is regarded as one of the best pay and play courses in the region.

Since taking over the course from Bolton Council 10 years ago, Regent Park Golf Ltd has already invested more than £2 million in improving facilities.

This includes the relocation of five holes earlier this year, to improve drainage, and the creation of a new path around the front nine holes to allow players to use buggies all year round.

The club also boasts a 20-bay, automated driving range and recently refurbished 5,000 sq ft clubhouse with bar and catering facilities.

Sean Williams, head of Yorkshire Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in Bolton, which provided the loan to the club, said: “Regent Park Golf Club is a great community facility which is doing a great job of encouraging locals, particularly young people, to get involved in golf and sport.

“Economic conditions have been challenging for golf clubs in recent years but Robin and his team have navigated those challenges well and Regent Park Golf Club is thriving.”

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11:03am Thu 13 Feb 14

davidjb says...

no prices mentioned, and i know it says 'families' but time and time again i've seen the looks the older members give to 'newcomers'. They still don't like how me and my mate are better than them after only a short time in golf. bolton needs a decent course, they'res a few but finding myself trekking up to prestwich and Rochdale to find some decent kept areas.
no prices mentioned, and i know it says 'families' but time and time again i've seen the looks the older members give to 'newcomers'. They still don't like how me and my mate are better than them after only a short time in golf. bolton needs a decent course, they'res a few but finding myself trekking up to prestwich and Rochdale to find some decent kept areas. davidjb
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11:59am Thu 13 Feb 14

boltonchap says...

Golf just an excuse for middle aged men to dress like pimps.
Golf just an excuse for middle aged men to dress like pimps. boltonchap
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1:04pm Thu 13 Feb 14

The Squire In Residence says...

I hope Mr Day does a better job with his new venture than the mess he has created at Longsight. Once upon a time he extended the original 9 hole course to 18... nice design and layout, terrible drainage and upkeep. The old 9 remain - used more by motorbikes and horses - whereas the 'new' 9 and the old club house have fallen into a state worse than armegeddon! The 'new' 9 has such bad drainage even the motorbikes do not use it! The terrible state that the clubhouse has been allowed to fall into just beggars belief - the driving range is used as a skate park and vandalised badly by those that use it for such (please DO NOT build a skate park in Harwood for the low life that are ruining it). Good money has been offered for the clubhouse, but sadly Mr Day wants more and more.... Sign of the times, or someone who does not give a s**t?
I hope Mr Day does a better job with his new venture than the mess he has created at Longsight. Once upon a time he extended the original 9 hole course to 18... nice design and layout, terrible drainage and upkeep. The old 9 remain - used more by motorbikes and horses - whereas the 'new' 9 and the old club house have fallen into a state worse than armegeddon! The 'new' 9 has such bad drainage even the motorbikes do not use it! The terrible state that the clubhouse has been allowed to fall into just beggars belief - the driving range is used as a skate park and vandalised badly by those that use it for such (please DO NOT build a skate park in Harwood for the low life that are ruining it). Good money has been offered for the clubhouse, but sadly Mr Day wants more and more.... Sign of the times, or someone who does not give a s**t? The Squire In Residence
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5:56pm Thu 13 Feb 14

LordLeverhulme says...

The Squire is spot on.
Mr Day absolutely ruined Longsight. It's an utter disgrace. Haven't been on Regent Park since the new holes opened but before then it looked like that course was going the same way. Clubhouse closed down, toilets and driving range a disgrace, zero money spent keeping the course in good condition. A tragedy.

Hart Common in westhoughton is a much better example of how to run a nice pay & play course.
The Squire is spot on. Mr Day absolutely ruined Longsight. It's an utter disgrace. Haven't been on Regent Park since the new holes opened but before then it looked like that course was going the same way. Clubhouse closed down, toilets and driving range a disgrace, zero money spent keeping the course in good condition. A tragedy. Hart Common in westhoughton is a much better example of how to run a nice pay & play course. LordLeverhulme
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11:10am Fri 14 Feb 14

I, Ludicrous says...

LordLeverhulme wrote:
The Squire is spot on.
Mr Day absolutely ruined Longsight. It's an utter disgrace. Haven't been on Regent Park since the new holes opened but before then it looked like that course was going the same way. Clubhouse closed down, toilets and driving range a disgrace, zero money spent keeping the course in good condition. A tragedy.

Hart Common in westhoughton is a much better example of how to run a nice pay & play course.
Played Regents once since the revamp and it's benefited enormously from having taken out the wet holes near the train line. Hart Common - played once. A tidy enough little course but I found the locals to be the least welcoming bunch that I've ever encountered anywhere.
[quote][p][bold]LordLeverhulme[/bold] wrote: The Squire is spot on. Mr Day absolutely ruined Longsight. It's an utter disgrace. Haven't been on Regent Park since the new holes opened but before then it looked like that course was going the same way. Clubhouse closed down, toilets and driving range a disgrace, zero money spent keeping the course in good condition. A tragedy. Hart Common in westhoughton is a much better example of how to run a nice pay & play course.[/p][/quote]Played Regents once since the revamp and it's benefited enormously from having taken out the wet holes near the train line. Hart Common - played once. A tidy enough little course but I found the locals to be the least welcoming bunch that I've ever encountered anywhere. I, Ludicrous
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