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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Warning as storm costs leave golf club high and dry

The long-term future of Maryport’s 109-year-old golf club hangs in the balance.

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RUBBLE: Jim Wood, secretary of Maryport Golf Club, surveys the damage

Maryport Golf Club has been battered by damaging high tides over the last two months, leaving several of its holes underwater and littered with rubble.

Winter storms have caused the coastline near the golf club to recede by 10ft in some places.

Golf club bosses estimate that it will cost between £50,000 and £100,000 to build new coastal defences.

Jim Wood, club secretary, said that without new defences the course’s first three holes, which are next to the shore, could be completely lost.

He said: “We are worried about the future. We are feeling a bit claustrophobic from the pressure being put on us by the sea.

“We get very nervous at high tide.”

He said the club, which has around 300 members, would not have enough money or space to rebuild the three holes elsewhere on the course.

Club treasurer Tony Smith said that without an 18-hole course the club’s popularity would decline.

Allerdale council is helping the club by drawing up plans for a protection scheme along the course’s shore boundary, which Mr Wood believes could take the form of large boulders.

The club will put the protection work out to tender and it would then need to raise funds to pay for it.

Mr Wood has written to Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham to seek his help and invite him to view the damage.

Tidal surges shortly after New Year flooded the first three holes, the 16th hole and the car park, and scattered huge amounts of rubble across the course. It stayed open after volunteers, including about 50 club members, helped to clear the rubble.

But the third hole tee position has been completely eroded away and the club is having to build a new tee.

The course was hit again by storms about two weeks ago, with the second and third holes flooded.

The B5300 road cuts through the middle of the course. Mr Wood said that in the 1950s there were nine holes on the coastal side but subsequent erosion had forced the club to change the layout and buy new land. There are now only five holes on the coastal section.

Have your say

with all the damage that has been done by the storms i would think that there are more important places, like peoples homes and the shore line in general that should be dealt with before a golf club restores ' 3 holes'. the coast line is fast vanishing a this should be classed as no.1 priority.

Posted by sandra on 4 March 2014 at 16:54

you can't stop coastal erosion unless you put a sea wall up the full length of the coast line, which is not possible, putting bits of wall and groynes on the shore just transfers the problem to another bit of the shoreline. that is what happened on the shore at flimby opposite the school!!!

Posted by albert on 28 February 2014 at 12:14

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