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Village club draws in new members


Oak Royal Golf and Country Club has marked its 12th year with an upsurge in new members, writes David Birtill.

The club, located near the village of Withnell between Chorley and Blackburn, has gone from strength to strength since it was officially opened by the then PGA chief executive Sandy Jones.

And the reason for its increasing popularity as of one of the best nine-hole clubs in the region is the well-maintained course which boasts a clubhouse and hotel facilities.

Jones has a name plaque on one of seven bridges spanning the stream which winds its way through the course and since then former Open champion Darren Clarke and fellow European Tour winner Lee Westwood have similarly been honoured.

Golf administrator Caroline Downes runs the latest on-line booking system exclusive for the game and she has lost count of the number of celebrated footballers who visit the club.

London-based barrister Glenn Holmwood has recently joined as a country member so he gets the chance to play with his dad John who lives locally.

“We have several father and son golfers of all ages,” added Caroline.