Llangefni’s golf course will be put up for sale by Anglesey Council.
The council’s executive agreed on Monday to sell off 42 acres of the site, including a nine-hole course and a farm house – but it will retain a 16-bay driving range and practice area for public use.
The course has been run by social enterprise group Partneriaeth Llangefni on lease for the past three years, following an agreement which saved it from closure. The current lease expires in October.
The council said it had to scale down non-statutory leisure services because of funding cuts – but insisted profits from the sale would support modernising other facilities on the island, including improvements to the Plas Arthur leisure centre.
Councillor Carwyn Jones, the executive member for leisure, said the council hope there would be interest in running the golf course as a community asset: ”Although we are scaling down the Council owned golf provision, ring-fencing the capital receipt to strengthen the future Leisure provision on Anglesey is extremely positive. I am also very aware that there are fantastic golf courses across Anglesey as it is, and would encourage people to support these.”
”In reaching this difficult decision, we were very conscious of the fact that generations of golfers first started playing the sport in Llangefni. We want those links to remain and hope to keep the driving range, a unique asset, for public use.”
A report discussed by the executive on Monday claimed further extensions to the course – which was making financial losses – were unsustainable and a final decision on the future of the facility was needed.
The remaining nine acres of the site will remain under council ownership, including the driving range, a small practice area, a shop, outbuildings and a car park – it’s expected to be leased out to a group.
The council’s head of economic development, Dylan Williams, said: ”The sale of the site should provide significant funds which we will invest in improving other leisure services Llangefni and other parts of the island. We’re extremely grateful to Partneriaeth Llangefni for their hard work over the past two years.”
The course was credited by former US Masters champion Danny Willett as part of his practice and development as a youngster. After his victory in Augusta two years ago, he called on the council to keep the course open.