Mack Golf have withdrawn from their contract
On 31 December 2017, Mack Golf closed Newbold Comyn golf course despite this being in breach of its contract with Warwick District Council. The Executive Committee of Warwick District Council met on 4th January to consider a report from Council officers which detailed the circumstances of the closure. It was reported that despite legal warnings from the Council, Mack had no right to “walk away” from the contract and had ignored the instruction to continue operating the golf course.
The Committee heard that the Council was fully within its rights to sue Mack for breach of contract and seek damages. However, the Committee also heard that the service Mack had been providing over a long period was not to the standard the Council required, despite ongoing monitoring and intervention by Council officers. Therefore, reluctantly, the Committee decided to enter into negotiations, on a without prejudice basis, to end the contractual relationship between the parties.
The course remains closed until further notice, and members of the public are not permitted to play golf on the course as this activity could be hazardous to other park users. Designated footpaths will remain open to the general public.
Warwick District Council’s portfolio holder for Cultural Services Councillor Michael Coker commented:
"I am very disappointed that Mack Golf has left our residents unable to play on their local golf course. I’m afraid I cannot offer any guarantees about the future of the golf course until we have entered into our negotiations with Mack Golf, but I will keep the public informed about our progress.”
Whilst the negotiations are ongoing, Mack Golf is still responsible for the land comprising the golf course and it has agreed that although the golf course is closed to the public, it will maintain the land so that it does not fall further into disrepair.
Mack Golf has offered the following email address for any enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org