Upset as golf club grounds turned into a ‘muddy mess’

NADV 1207176 Crimple Valley Golf Course damage. Unhappy Crimple Valley Golf Club member Giles Manchester.

NADV 1207176 Crimple Valley Golf Course damage. Unhappy Crimple Valley Golf Club member Giles Manchester.

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Disgruntled golfers have spoken of their dismay after their club grounds were damaged by cars parking for the Great Yorkshire Show.

The Crimple Valley Golf Club leases its land from the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS), giving it back for a few days every year for car parking space for the annual show.

Earlier this month the show was cancelled when car parks turned to an impassable quagmire. Now, club members have said they are saddened by the “unnecessary” mess left behind.

“It’s terrible,” said Giles Manchester, who has been a club member for three years.

“The green was saturated with all the rain, it was quite obvious that trying to park cars on there would cause significant damage.

“Of course they sank and required a tractor to pull them out. It was all completely avoidable and predictable.”

The golf club had been forced to close the course while it carried out repairs but it has now been reopened.

Heather Parry, deputy chief executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, said they had tried to keep damage to a minimum and were doing everything in their power to put it right.

“We are spending a lot of money to try and put it right,” she said. “Yes, every bit of land was bad to park on. We were forced into the situation of trying to keep the show going as much as we could.”

She said the society had an agreement with the golf club to use the land for up to 15 days a year, but that it tried to be reasonable and had only done so for three days this year.

“We have got contractors up there now, trying at great expense to get it right,” she added. “They have been our priority.”