I am writing to you on behalf of the Chardonnay Golf Society of which I am a member.
We are a golfing society comprised of up to 28 members, most of whom are residents in the London Borough of Hillingdon who play golf every Friday throughout the year come rain or shine at Haste Hill Golf club.
In the spring, summer and autumn months we also play on a Wednesday. At least 15 of our members have a pay and play (dusk round) card, which enables us to play golf at any one of the three golf courses owned by the London Borough of Hillingdon.
The dusk time varies throughout the year and is set by the management of the golf courses run on behalf of LBH by a company called Mack Trading (UK) Ltd, who have only recently taken over the management of Haste Hill, Ruislip and Uxbridge Golf Courses.
The main reasons for this letter is the price increase imposed on our pay and play cards by Mack Trading.Last year our pay and play cost us £260 per annum, or £230 if we paid by a certain date.
The proposed increases this year are as follows: £275 per annum with no reduction for early payment, and a fixed fee of £2 every time we play.
As we play on an average of seventy five times per year,it will now cost us £425, an increase of £195 which works out at 84.5 per cent.
As a golfing society we feel very strongly against these increases considering the economic environment that we all find ourselves in at this present time.
We understand that there must be a yearly increase,as there has been over the last four years in which we have held pay and play cards.
We also feel that an increase just above inflation would be justified. We have heard through the grapevine that no golf club within a ten mile radius of Hillingdon have raised their fees for the coming year.
As we all know the leisure industry is one of the first to suffer when times are tough as people tighten their belts. We use the facilities at Haste Hill after our round of golf, buying food and drinks. We have a very good relationship with the staff who are all very professional and go out of their way to help us.
It would be a shame if we have to play elsewhere because of these high price increases.
We feel that an increase of 10 per cent maximum on last year's fee - and no fixed fee imposed - would be fair to all, especially as golf clubs are crying out for members and people to play.
We are also strongly opposed to the planned closure of four holes at Ruislip Golf Course,reducing it to a 14 hole course,to make way for the so called 'super duper' driving range, using up more of the borough's disappearing Green Belt.
Ellesmere Close, Ruislip.