A family-friendly South Tyneside golf club is putting the public first as it drives forward with improvement plans.
Whitburn Golf Club, which is located to the east of Cleadon Hills with panoramic views of the North East coastline, was established 80 years ago and now its officials have launched a series of efforts to make it a course fit for the 21st century.
That has included the installation of an £80,000 biomass boiler and the recent completion of a £40,000 extension to the club’s shower and toilet facilities.
Now plans have emerged for a wind turbine at the north end of the club car park. The moves are all part of an ongoing drive to make the club more attractive to existing members and attract a new generation to play the game.
Next Monday, from 10.30am to 4pm, the golf club, between South Shields and Sunderland in Lizard Lane, is staging an open day.
Anyone of any age is welcome to pop along to try out the club’s inflatable driving range, with putting and chipping competitions and special ‘tri golf’ clubs available for young ones –and all equipment provided on the day.
Anyone who wants to see what we offer can come along.George Elsom
Visitors will also be welcome in the clubhouse to enjoy a meal and a drink, and club professional Neil Whinham will be on hand to pass on some expert golfing advice. These are exciting times for the club chairman George Elsom and secretary Bob Button.
Mr Button said: “The wind turbine plan has been ongoing for three years and we are still getting all the paperwork in place. It will provide an income and help reduce our electricity bills.”
Mr Elsom added: “We want to keep improving facilities for members and guests. We have a very nice lounge, with very good food, and we have the new showers which are disabled friendly and even a stair lift. We want to encourage more people to play golf. It’s very healthy activity to go round the course for three or four hours and it’s also very sociable. We’d invite anyone who wants to see what we can offer to come along to our open day.”