THE Mail revealed in February 2013 that the 18-hole course at The Craythorne, in Craythorne Road, was set to close after more than 40 years of existence – after its owner said its financial future was 'unsustainable'.
Owner Tony Wright blamed factors including 'Government mismanagement of the economy', tax issues and bad weather for the demise of the course he had run since 1995.
However, the adjoining pub, restaurant, floodlit driving range and hair salon were set to remain open – but problems did later arise after other parts of the site plunged into administration.
In a letter sent to members, a copy of which was passed to the Mail, Mr Wright said: "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, while many may look to be negative, much was achieved in that time."
The Craythorne was founded in 1972 as a small driving range with associated cafe, and expanded into a nine-hole golf course two years later and an 18-hole course in 1984.
The business was taken over by Burton firm R Peach & Co in 1993, with Mr Wright taking ownership of the site after staging a management buy-out two years later.
In 2011 the business, which had an annual turnover of more than half a million pounds – two-thirds of which was generated by food and drink sales – was put up for sale for a guide price of £1.15 million, but failed to attract a buyer.
At the time, the firm handling the sale said it had been prompted by the fact its owner planned to retire and relocate abroad.
However, in his letter to members, Mr Wright said his company planned to reopen the course as a nine-hole facility 'when and if funds allow'.
He added: "I would like to personally thank the small band of committed members over the last 20 years for their support."