Golf club members bemoan removal of honours boards

Members of a golf club are fighting to save their honours boards following significant clubhouse refurbishment.

Haste Hill Golf Club, based in Northwood and with many members hailing from Harrow, recently underwent £250,000 of renovation with funds provided by Hillingdon Council, which owns the course there.

As part of the changes, it opted to remove the club’s 26 wooden honours boards as they were “dissuading people from hiring the venue”.

This feature – that it is a space available to the whole community – convinced the council of its decision, while it offered members a digital board as a replacement.

A spokesperson said: “Haste Hill golf course is owned by the council and we recently invested more than £250,000 into renovating the club house, which now benefits from an improved bar area, toilets and car parking facilities for all our customers to enjoy. A new irrigation system has also been installed on the course.

“The public golf course and its clubhouse is very popular and open to everyone, and the venue is also hired out to the public for events and weddings to increase revenue.

“Haste Hill Golf Club is a separately organised members group that uses the course but does not contribute financially to the building or its upkeep, and their 26 wooden honours boards displayed in the function rooms were dissuading people from hiring the venue.

“The boards were removed during the refurbishment and the council offered to replace them with a digital board instead.

“The club house is set amongst beautiful surroundings and we hope that the refurbishment will encourage more residents to visit; whether to play golf or to celebrate a special occasion.”

But members are disappointed with the decision and argue that they are battling to save their “history and identity” through the boards.

They attempted to explain the importance of the retention and visibility of the boards – which, in some cases, chart successes across generations – but said their appeals have “fallen on deaf ears”.

Haste Hill Golf Club President John Paterson said: “I’m devastated at what the council have done.

“They have taken away the history of our Club. I have played here since 1980 and now all my memories have gone. These people don’t really understand, do they?”

The members questioned the council’s “gesture of goodwill” of offering to provide a digital board as a replacement and accused it of refusing to listen to their concerns.

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