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One of Leeds' oldest golf clubs is closing after vandalism leads to a decline in membership

South Leeds Golf Club, a founding member of the 1906 club, has been forced to close after seeing a decline in membership, which its director has attributed to vandals ruining the course. Vandalism, declining membership and the rising price of bills have all been listed as reasons the club - thought to be one of the oldest in West Yorkshire - has been unable to survive.

"Vandals come onto the course with quad bikes and that puts people off wanting to play. It works on a pay and play basis, so people aren't going to pay to use the course if there's a chance it could be in a bad condition." He added that the "rising cost of utilities" had also played a part in the closure, with the various financial issues having a "knock-on effect".

South Leeds Golf Club was founded in 1906 and was one of the founding members of The 1906 Club. It was designed by Dr Alistair Mackenzie of Augusta fame.

England Golf has issued the following guidance to golf clubs regarding face masks
From Saturday 8 August, face coverings must be worn by members of the public in all indoor areas of the club/facility, as well as in Pro's Shop. Coverings may be removed in the bar and restaurant areas for the purpose of eating and drinking. There are some exemptions to the wearing face coverings, including children under the age of 11 and those with certain disabilities.' The police can take measures if members of the public do not comply with this law, including issuing fines of £100.
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World Handicap System - booklets available in the clubhouse

The World Handicap System is coming into play on the 2nd November 2020. It is designed to welcome more players, to make golf easier to understand and to give all golfers a handicap which is portable all around the globe. It will replace the six different systems currently used by over 15 million golfers in more than 80 countries. It has been developed by The R&A and The United States Golf Association (USGA), supported by the world’s handicapping authorities, including CONGU, which represents the four home countries of Great Britain and Ireland. To make the game more enjoyable, the new system will include:

* Course rating and slope rating
* Minimum number of scores to obtain a handicap
* Competitive and recreational scores to count for handicap
* Handicaps will be calculated from an average of recent scores
* Maximum handicap of 54
* Abnormal course and weather conditions adjustments

Posters are on display in the clubhouse and there is a slide show on the tv screen outside the office, with the first of what will become regular updates about the WHS.

*“We are working with our partners and national associations to make golf more modern, more accessible and more enjoyable as a sport.” *
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A.


Changing out of wet clothing?
We can change out of wet clothing in the clubhouse provided we continue to maintain the two metre rule, use hand sanitiser on entry and exit and minimise your time there. Players should still arrive changed for play and do not use the showers.
- Hugh Thomas -

I was part of the golf society from Surrey that played at your club on two occasions this week. I wanted to thank you for the warm welcome we received from all the club staff, members we met and the food and beverage team. You could not have done more to make us feel welcome. We will definitely return in the future!

- Ronnie Ingram -

Thanks to ALL your team for making us feel so welcome on our visit, and revisit, to your club this week. The course was simply in excellent condition with all the holes beautifully defined and in amazing condition especially considering the extremes of weather we have endured this year.