Axe Cliff Golf Club looks to a rosey future.

PUBLISHED: 12:51 14 September 2014 | UPDATED: 12:51 14 September 2014

Golf ball on tee with driver

Golf ball on tee with driver

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At a time when some clubs up and down the country are experiencing a few difficulties the future of Axe Cliff Golf Club is looking good, writes Rob Grove.

Working in co-operation with the Loveridge Family and Binden Estate, a new eight-year lease has been agreed with new proprietors Jill and Simon Wellington who have recently moved into the area to apparently ‘slow down’!

Some hopes there, as they embark on the adventure to revamp the cliff top course with the magnificent views of the Axe valley and the Jurassic Coast from Portland to Torbay.

They started their work on Monday with news that staff jobs are secure. However, they are also looking for new people to run the kitchens and act as part-time bar staff. It is hoped that the new menu, a professionally designed drinks menu with a reduction in prices will boost the activities already in place and being considered in the future.

A programme of social events is being arranged for the Winter evenings which will include Quiz nights, a wine and real ale tasting evening, themed food experiences, a Christmas variety show and, we hope, Horse racing with a twist!

The golf course itself is already undergoing a makeover. The greens have been hollow tined and top dressed thanks to generous donations by some members and hard work by a group of volunteers.

Lorry loads of sand have been ordered to replenish and improve our bunkers and Simon Corrigan, the head green keeper, believes Christmas has come early with promise of new equipment to make the course immaculate.

The older members will be delighted with the news that eight new buggies are arriving to help them up the slopes and contours of the hill-top course.

The driveway approach to the course is to receive a face-lift thanks to the generosity of Wainwright Quarries who have agreed to first patch and subsequently re-surface the drive and car park.

At a recent meeting to discuss the club’s future the members who could attend offered their services as volunteers. Their loyalty and enthusiasm will be sorely tested over the next few weeks as they will be asked to paint, clean, polish, build, weed and dig around the clubhouse and course to enhance the surroundings. A new office area for the secretary and joint treasurers with their new computer system is to be set up just inside the main entrance to welcome members and guests. It is hoped a new professional will be joining the club soon.

A new club constitution has been adopted and members are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the club. The club has A, B, ladies’ and senior matches as well as a variety of competitions throughout the week. There is a growing Junior section and very successful Boules teams.

With the club, like so many others, experiencing a difficult time over the past few years it now seems the future is bright. Members are 100 per cent behind the new proprietors, the development and improvement of the course has started and there is a real buzz about the club. There is real excitement, tinged with a little trepidation; about what will happen during the next few months, but everyone is determined to make a success of the venture.

Why not pop in and see how we are getting on or, better still, why not join us and become a member of the adventure that is Axe Cliff Golf Club.


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