Hainault golfers hit out at increase in course fees made in breach of council lease agreement
PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:03 02 May 2018
Hainault golfers are outraged at a hike in admission fees - made in breach of a lease agreement - which they claim is excluding junior and elderly players.
Among the price changes upsetting Hainault Forest Golf Club – a private members club – are the removal of season tickets, discounted junior tickets and a 45per cent increase in the cost of Monday to Friday block tickets for retired players.
These fees were introduced last month by Hainault Golf Club Ltd – not to be confused with the private members club – which has leased the green from Redbridge Council since 2010.
Irving Rozansky, 79, of Barkingside, is a trustee of 250-strong Hainault Forest Golf Club, whose members have been playing on the green since their club was founded in 1912.
“I feel very upset about it,” he said. “It’s destroyed 100 years of history.
“A lot of well established golfers have started their careers here.”
He added: “The worst impact is on the juniors.
“They don’t want to go elsewhere.”
Pat Fox, who is also on the club’s committee, added: “It is also morally repugnant that a public facility owned by Redbridge Council and which was given by the Crown for the benefit of residents can be misused to the extent proposed by Hainault Golf Ltd.”
A council spokeswoman said: “The council is one of the freeholders of the land occupied by the Hainault Golf Course which is leased to Hainault Golf Club Ltd, which operates the course as a commercial business.
“We are currently in discussion with Hainault Golf Club Ltd following changes to the course fees that have been implemented without the council’s consent, which is specifically required under the terms of the lease.
“We are currently comparing the changed fees with other local golf clubs so we can assess if they are acceptable.
“In the meantime, we have said that the failure to gain our consent prior to their implementation is a breach of the terms of the lease agreement.”
Hainault Golf Club Ltd did not respond to the Recorder’s requests for comment on Tuesday and Wednesday.