Due to declining participation and increased costs to the public purse, it has been agreed that the Dip Farm pitch and putt golf course in Lowestoft will close later this month.
Waveney District Council, who own the course, and Sentinel Leisure Trust who manage the facility have agreed that despite considerable investment in the site and marketing campaigns to attract participants, a steady decline in use has left the partners with no choice.
Citing contributory factors such as changes in the market - which have resulted in major golf clubs providing new opportunities at reduced cost - and the wide range of other nearby facilities, Waveney and Sentinel have decided that Dip Farm will cease operations at the end of December.
Following closure, the site will be maintained, for now, as open space for public use and options for the future of the location will be considered.
Cllr Graham Catchpole, Cabinet Member for Operations and Facilities at Waveney District Council said:
“Obviously it is sad that we must take this decision, but given that we are currently losing £50,000 per year from the facility, it is the right thing to do and will enable us to deliver greater financial sustainability for our other leisure services.
It will help us to deliver new leisure opportunities and will of course help out other local courses by the removal of competition for participation.
Naturally, we do not have unlimited resources to deliver leisure services so we need to make smart financial decisions which ensure that we can continue to invest in the wide range of facilities that we own and manage in partnership with Sentinel.
We are committed to increasing participation in healthy activities, as was shown this summer in our free swimming programme and the considerable financial investment we have made in our facilities at Waterlane and Bungay Pool & Gym.”