Derbyshire Golf Course Reopens After 15 Months in Lockdown
Following an uncertain 15 months in lockdown, Pewit Golf Course in Derbyshire has finally reopened, much to the relief of local golfers who had furiously protested against the lengthy shutdown.
When the nationwide lockdown began in March 2020, the Ilkeston nine-holer was closed, but it didn't reopen when restrictions allowed last May, which led to golfers protesting on the course in July, demanding that the operator resumed business.
But finally, on Tuesday June 1, the Derby Telegraph has reported that play had returned to Pewit.
Glen Hall, managing director for the course operator, Parkwood Leisure, said: “We are really excited to be working in partnership with Erewash Borough Council and we are delighted to reopen the Pewit Golf Course as part of our roadmap into reopening the leisure centre facilities and activities.
"We are glad we are now able to open the golf course in time for the summer so that members, families and young people can enjoy this activity once again."
We have covered the golf boom in detail, with The R&A revealing staggering participation figures, but Pewit hasn't been part of that, until now.
Councillor Carol Hart, leader of Erewash Borough Council, said: “The past year has been extremely difficult for everyone and we hope the reopening of the golf course for the summer months will help to restore some normality back into the lives of all those who love this sport.”
As mentioned, those golfers formed a protest group, and a spokesperson for them has said: "We are delighted that the course is being given a chance to succeed.
"People can buy a season ticket or play to pay - we just want to do everything we can to encourage people to play."
There had been fears that golf at Pewit would never return, but now it's back and can once again serve as a pathway into the sport for new players of all ages.
For more information, visit https://www.leisurecentre.com/pewit-golf.
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