Berkshire

Wokingham Borough Council to close Hurst Golf Club

A golf course will be closed after more than 35 years because the council that owns it says it is running at a financial loss.

Wokingham Borough Council said Hurst Golf Course in Berkshire had a projected loss of £50,000 this year.

It said factors including a declining number of golfers and changes made to meet safety requirements had made it "no longer financially viable".

Councillor Angus Ross said the area could be used for other activities.

"That area can be the focus for a much wider usage by people in future and we are very working hard on that," he said.

"Various different activities could go on in this area and, of course, once we have come to some ideas we will consult with people."

The layout of the golf course, which is within Dinton Pastures Country Park, was changed for safety reasons last year after a woman walking on a footpath was struck on the head by a ball and required hospital treatment.

Mr Ross, executive member for environment, said: "We do have to, I am afraid, look to save money where we are losing money."

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