Lutterworth Golf Club Devastated by Fire
Just when much of the country was enjoying a round of golf during the Bank Holiday Weekend, the acclaimed Lutterworth Golf Club in Leicestershire (Highly Recommended on Golfshake) was reckoning with major damage after the loss of its clubhouse caused by a significant fire.
Fire crews responded to the blaze at about 22:00 on Saturday and worked through the night. South Leicestershire MP Alberto Costa said the damage to the club was "absolutely devastating to see."
Releasing a statement to the press, the club said: "The past year has been incredibly difficult and impactful on our loyal members and staff, it’s almost impossible to describe the sadness or say how devastated everyone connected with Lutterworth Golf club feel - staff, members and the local community alike.
"We would like to say thank you for the 100’s of messages of support and offers of help. It’s uplifting to know that Lutterworth Golf Club is a much loved asset of our community.
"We were all looking forward to welcoming visitors back to our great golf course to play in our mixed open competition yesterday.
"Instead we woke to the shocking news that our clubhouse had been razed to the ground by a fire that started late on Saturday evening.
"The cause of the fire is not yet known, but we are extremely thankful that no one was at the golf club at the time of the fire.
"A fire investigation is underway – as soon as this is completed the course will re-open to members.
"The club's directors and officials met late on Sunday afternoon to put the recovery plans in place to ensure that our loyal members can continue to enjoy playing the course while we work with our insurers on providing temporary facilities as soon as possible and a permanent replacement in the longer term.
"Lutterworth Golf Club, founded in 1904 has a long and resilient history, the director’s and club officials are all fully committed to the mammoth task ahead to replace our clubhouse and facilities.
"Our sincere thanks to Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and surrounding counties fire and rescue services, and Leicestershire Police for their fast, professional and continued response to this incident.
"We are truly grateful to everyone for their good wishes, the offers of help and support we have received from our members, neighbouring golf clubs, Leicestershire & Rutland Golf Union and the local community – it’s heartwarming at this difficult time, they really do mean a lot to us all."
Thankfully, no one was injured by the fire, but the loss of a popular setting, and the history it housed, will be felt by everyone who has experienced this superb venue.
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