A former manager of the Stanmore Hill Golf Centre said he wants to see the centre back in the community.
Pravin Patel spoke out after firefighters rushed to a huge blaze at the disused golf club on Brockley Hill at the end of last month.
The blaze destroyed part of the clubhouse and the drive range. It required ten fire engines and 70 firefighters to bring it under control.
Pravin lived at the centre while he managed the facility and was a regular visitor until it closed suddenly in October last year. It had been open for nearly 25 years before it suddenly closed its doors.
Members reportedly learnt of the closure via text message while a statement on the website at the time apparently suggested that the golf centre’s days were numbered.
It read: “There are new owners of the freehold and despite positive negotiations, belief in assurances given that the centre would be allowed to continue to operate and terms agreed, we have now been informed that this will not now happen and with the lease being terminated, the centre has had to close.”
But after the dramatic blaze, Pravin said he is sure that he and people across the Stanmore area would like to the golf centre return and appealed for public support.
He explained: “The centre being closed has left a huge void in the community and has had a negative effect on the area. All age groups, genders and races used the centre. We would really love to have the centre back in the community and we can all go back to enjoying the game. We are very sure that with the right management and structure, the centre would be sustainable and would thrive.”
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