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.