A popular Ruislip golf course has been closed for ‘ongoing’ High Speed Two (HS2) works, much to the distress of its regular players.
HS2, the new high-speed railway for Britain, closed Ruislip Golf Course off to the public on August 27 and took full possession of the site on September 2.
The organisation closed the site to carry out archaeological investigations along the southern part of course.
HS2 said: “The area was identified as potentially being of archaeological importance and there is a limited timeframe to explore this before we begin construction works.
“This archaeology work is vital in determining the nature, character and extent of any archaeology that may be present in the area. In readiness for the archaeology works there will be a realignment of the existing fence line to protect the work sites.
“We will also be removing vegetation and trees in preparation for handover of the site to the main works contractor. During these works the footpaths which are public rights of way will be maintained but the site will be closed to vehicles.
“As well as the archaeology works, Thames Water will be carrying out some ground investigations within the golf course site. These works will take place on an ongoing basis.”
Regular users of the golf course were left disappointed by the closure, which was announced last year.
Northwood resident Clive Homeford, who used the course regularly, said: “I’m truly saddened by it. It’s a fantastic course but it was also a place to socialise and relax. It’s been a true gem in the area and it will certainly be missed.”
Tripadvisor reviewers have also had their say prior to the closure.
One commenter, who visited the course on its last day, said: “An enjoyable game of golf at Ruislip Course, unfortunately it closed finally today, for HS2 work to commence tomorrow. End of an era for a great golf course!”
Another said: “Such a terrible shame that this friendly venue will be bulldozed to dust to make way for the white elephant known as HS2.”
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