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Belford Golf Club reopens after 18 months
April 19, 2011

It was a great day recently when Belford Golf Club, Northumberland was officially reopened after an 18th month closure. The day was great success and was followed on the Saturday by an open day where past players, members and villagers gathered for a fun day of entertainment, children's activities and golf.

For many years the villages 18 th century coaching inn the Blue Bell has acted as base for golfers from all over the country visiting North Northumberland's courses and now with the driving range back in the village and the course itself Belford offers even more to the golf tourist.

“That's true “said manager Michael Ratliff “but this has always been a club with a large village membership and we hope that will continue and we are encouraging former members back.”

The club was officially opened when Lord Walton of Detchant cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony joined by founder Gilbert Birdsall, past officers Life Members and guests. As well as a Senior Citizens discount the club are offering schools free coaching sessions in school time as an extension to their sporting curriculum's. There is also a three year plan to upgrade the course with an added nine hole Academy course with the benefit of an extra ten acres purchased additionally by Michael and his father David.

“The bunkers will be improved, shrubs and tress planted out and renowned golf consultants A World of Go lf have been employed to make sure everything is of the highest standard.” added Michael “Established in 1987, A World of Golf is one of the leading specialists in the Design, Construction and Operation of Golf Courses and ancillary facilities. Their team is led by former Ryder Cup captain and leading player Mark James & Managing Director Andrew Mair. They have between them unparalleled experience & expertise in their field. We are also very pleased to announce that Belford has lined up a reputable professional to provide tuition to golfers."

The emphasis will be on the development of a community club with beginners, intermediates and advanced players all taking part with children being welcome. It is hoped to formulate plans to extend the clubhouse for extra sports facilities and as before offer restaurant facilities to non members and visitors, catering and private functions.

One thing that former members are particularly pleased about is that club boards showing past captains and competition winners will be mounted back on the walls, thus ensuring that the history of the club will continue to be seen by future players and members.

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