Hurst Golf Club, Reading.
The nine-hole municipal club and course first appeared in 1977.
In the early 1980s the professional was R Mace. The nine-hole parkland course measured 3,015 yards, green fees £1.50p.
In the mid 1980s/early 1990s the professional was G Legoux.
In the late 1990s the course measured 6,308 yards with a SSS of 70.
In 2003/4 the professional was Justin Hennesy. Green fees were £6.50 weekdays and £8 at weekend.
The following statement was issued on October 23rd 2014 by Wokingham Borough Council.
Cllr Angus Ross, executive member for environment, said: "The golf market is particularly challenging and it’s changing. There are a number of large courses locally that are more popular than Hurst and more and more people are taking up other sport and leisure activities. We’ve been advised by Golf England that the number of participants in the sport is declining.
"We've looked at a number of options to make the course viable including further investment, exploring whether another provider could take it over or reusing the course for a broader range of activities for everyone to enjoy. The public purse is shrinking, so we have to spend our money wisely, and further investment is unlikely to attract serious golfers. We have a duty to manage our budgets effectively and seek out alternative opportunities. This is why the executive will be asked to approve the recommendations outlined in the report as the council cannot afford to keep running its golf course at a loss.
In effect we’re left with only one viable option for the executive to consider and that’s building on from the country park’s success and enhancing the leisure offer at Dinton Pastures with a broad range of activities."
At a meeting held by Wokingham Borough Council on the 30th October 2014 it was decided to close the Hurst Golf Course. The course closed just four days later on the following Monday. One of the options to be considered was to use the former course for Footgolf.