Craythorne Golf Club, Burton-on-Trent.
The Craythorne Golf Club was founded in 1972. Initially it had a small driving range with an adjoining cafe. A nine-hole course was laid out in 1974; the course was extended to 18-holes in 1984.
The 18-hole challenging and tight course measured; 5642 yards (White); 5480 yards (Yellow); 5246 yards (Red). The course had a par of 68 and a SSS of 66. It was designed by Cyril Johnson and A A Wright.
In 1988 the secretary was J Bentley and the professional S Hadfield. The 18-hole course measured 5,230 yards and had a SSS of 66. Amateur course record was held by P C R Smith, 62. There was a membership of 250. Green fees £5.
It was reported in February 2013 that after 40 years the course was to close down at the end of March. Owner Mr Tony Wright said in a letter to members; “As you are only too well aware, the golf operation has been losing money for the past four years and has been funded at my personal cost. This situation cannot be allowed to continue as there seems to be little chance of matters improving in the next few years using the current financial model. The golf course is simply financially unsustainable. It has taken 20 years of my business life and whilst many may look to be negative, much was achieved in that time.
I would like to personally thank the small band of committed members over the last 20 years for their support, and I know that if they had been joined fully by others, this situation may not have arisen.”
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