GOLF IN SUFFOLK – Revamped golf club welcomes farmers

Caterers at Newton Green Golf Club have come to the rescue of a local group of agriculturalists after their annual dinner venue shut up shop at the 11th hour.

The old-established Bures and District Agricultural Club will now be holding their prize giving event at the recently revamped golf club.

The golf club is looking to enhance its catering offer following the completion of a £45,000 refit. Similar expenditure on paving and landscaping round the perimeter of the club house has completed the transformation.

Newton has also been boosted by being named the club of the year by one of East Anglia’s golfing societies.

Agricultural club chair, Una Oakes, said: “We were let down by the venue we had used for many years for our annual dinner and I visited the golf club as it came highly recommended. It has excellent access for the disabled and I found its function room to be lovely and bright, and just the right size.

“We now hope to use it as our regular monthly venue when we have speakers, other than when we go outside in the summer for visits.”

Club manager Ben Tawell said: “Our course has become increasingly popular with visiting golf societies, but we have become conscious our club house interior and surfacing round the building, was not matching the quality of our catering and golfing experience.

“We took a radical look at what we were offering and have come up with a modern look in the main function room, including the hanging of contemporary art.

“It may be a bit of a culture shock for some of our members, but we are conscious many of the people visiting our premises for private functions want to be refreshed by their experience, rather than feel inhibited by a dull, old fashioned interior.

“However, we are a club proud of its rich history and we have taken advantage of turning our secondary, smaller dining room into a traditional stud bar.

“It has been renamed Jimmy’s Bar after the late Jimmy Whittle, who was a stalwart figure during the days of us adding a second nine holes. The room features honours boards, photos and clubs made by Arthur Davey, our late professional whose 60 years made him the world’s long serving professional.”

*Newton has been voted club of the year by the Golden Sausage Society. The 40-strong group has played nearly 300 tournaments in the last three decades and its award is based on course condition, friendliness of staff and members, and quality of food and service.


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