As the course is currently not in great shape due to the weather, the end of year competiton is now more likely to be held after the 31st of March. Boards and trophies are being sorted out so check Facebook for more news.
CLOSURE DECISION GOES BACK TO THE CABINET
Medway Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee overturned the decision to close Deangate Ridge Golf Course and asked the cabinet to reconsider. Submissions from stakeholders were finally heard asking that proper consultations should be held. No doubt officers will be looking at the report to find ways to reinforce their recommendation. It is a shame that their efforts are not directed to finding alternative solutions such as management by a third party as has been done at Cobtree and other council run courses around the country. It is expected that the cabinet will struggle to meet before the 31st of March in which case the course may well be open for a further period
In the meantime work is being done at Lodge Hill to pave the way for development after an initial knock back. Should they be successful, it is difficult to see how Deangate would be of immediate attraction to developers with the current shortage of labour and the risk that any proposal to develop the land would be rejected on grounds of lack of infrastructure, coelessence etc. not to mention the cost of making the current land suitable for housing, given the unstable ground conditions.
YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'VE GOT TIL IT'S GONE - COST COMPARISON (UPDATED)
Here is some information that gives you an idea of the costs of playing elsewhere. Please note that cobtree will now be open with the full 18 holes this year not 9 as was previously the case.
Not surprisingly Deangate actually offered more flexible choices than a lot of courses around and (when open for most of the year) is one of the best value options for both regular and occasional weekend golfers. It makes it an even greater shame that Deangate was never properly promoted as such.
Whilst few courses offer better value for occasional golfers, most are tailored to regular season ticket type memberships at the expense of occasional weekenders. If your group is all regular as in once or twice every weekend players, some options work well. If you group are a mix, some courses will not work for you all as they don't cater for pay and play golfers who also who want to be members with a handicap. This comparison is not exhaustive so doesn't include Wrotham Heath and The London Club but memberships will be around the price mark of Mid Kent or higher. I have not included other courses such as the Weald of Kent or Chart Hills as it is a pain to get in and out of on weekends. No subjective observations have been made as some people like some courses more than others.
The costs for Mid Kent include the joining fee and £50 behind the bar. Some courses such as Birchwood, Redlibbets and The Ridge would be interested in looking at what they can do to accommodate Deangate refugees. There are some good offers available like Gillinghams current £800 for 15 months, West Malling and Woodlands Manor offering 15 months for the price of 12 and Birchwood also offering a similar deal. The comparison can be found here:
cost comparison It is meant as a guide only. Most courses are as we know, more than 20 minutes away!! Please contact the clubs to check for yourselves. The Senior's Captain has also been working to find deals for senior members including Upchurch suggesting they will offer a 5 day membership.
CLUB DIARY PAGE
The club diary page is now back in action!. obviously events post February 6th and the presentation night are not guarranteed!
How is your handicap calculated?
Check out the links page or go to The Congu Manual if you like a good read