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In the rough - golf course to close after 41 years

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 06, 2013

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A BURTON golf course is to close after more than 40 years of existence – after its owner said its financial future was ‘unsustainable’.

The 18-hole course at The Craythorne, in Craythorne Road, Rolleston, will shut down on March 31, although the adjoining pub, restaurant, floodlit driving range and hair salon will remain open.

Owner Tony Wright blamed factors including ‘Government mismanagement of the economy’, tax issues and bad weather for the demise of the course he has run since 1995.

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 whilst 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, 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 over ownership of the site after staging a management buyout 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, and I know that if they had been joined fully by others, this situation may not have arisen.”

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 11 2013, 7:34PM

    Advice to Craythorne members, go to Burton GC. As a member of Branston GC, I can confirm the 18 hole course has been shut since mid-November!! Only now has the club provided free range balls as recompence.

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 10 2013, 1:15PM

    Saddened to hear this. It' s a nice course in spite of its detractors. Very handy for a quick round. Pity that another piece of Burton's sporting fabric is gone.

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 07 2013, 7:51PM

    The Craythorne was a good club hope it will not be a housing estate and seen as a cash pot

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 07 2013, 6:52PM

    Keep it green lets hope housing is kept off the land

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 07 2013, 4:49PM

    What a crying shame ,The most friendless golf course in Staffordshire

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 06 2013, 4:59PM

    Can't read it on Android

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 06 2013, 4:32PM

    pity

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 06 2013, 1:30PM

    I enjoyed my 3 years that i was a member there it a shame to see any golf course close hopefully it wont be turned in to a housing estate

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 06 2013, 9:24AM

    This article is not totally correct as yesterday the leaseholder of the club house brought in the administrators and the club house is now closed.

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 06 2013, 8:58AM

    More land for housing then! Another area lost for sport but to please the Parish Council the company will open a nine hole course, possibly when permission is granted for housing. The last paragraph tells it all, it was never Mr Wright's fault but always somebody else's.

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