Individuals are shifting out of London and notably into Surrey, in keeping with a report within the Monetary Instances, and that is having a constructive impact on many native golf golf equipment’ memberships.
The newspaper states that ‘Londoners are decamping to the commuter county’, as a direct results of the pandemic, and that is proving to be excellent news for some golf golf equipment, as they’re selecting them not simply to hitch as they’re spending extra time working from residence than they used to, but additionally to entertain shoppers as golf is an appropriate socially distanced exercise, not like, for instance, taking them to bars in London.
The report particulars The Wisley in Woking, which has a £40,000 becoming a member of payment and a membership subscription of £6,550 per yr.
The interval since June has seen the most important inflow of latest members within the membership’s historical past, says chief govt John Glendinning.
‘Numerous new members have not too long ago moved from London and, with residence working now widespread, members are utilizing the course considerably extra throughout weekdays, typically entertaining shoppers,’ experiences the paper.
“Now that they’re not going into work [in London], they’re networking right here,” states Glendinning.
The analysis additionally appears to be like at Walton-on-Thames, within the upmarket Elmbridge borough, the place gross sales of £1m-plus properties are up 84 per cent between June 1 and October 5 in contrast with 2019, and Weybridge, the place one property agent has seen the proportion of consumers from London enhance from 27 per cent to 68 per cent in just some months.
The article provides that one golf membership native to each cities is Silvermere Golf and Leisure, the place membership purposes ‘have elevated as homeworkers use them to entertain shoppers and community.
‘[Other] native sports activities golf equipment are additionally reporting a rise in admissions and better competitors to be used of amenities.’
In the summertime Foxhills and Farleigh golf golf equipment, each in Surrey, launched new membership classes attributable to each the elevated demand to play golf and to mirror the socio-economic profile of those golfers.
“Versatile working preparations are set to develop into rather more frequent after the coronavirus pandemic, notably for these dwelling in and round London, with employees searching for nice areas to work, meet and entertain shoppers,” mentioned a spokesman for the Foxhills Assortment.
“Each Foxhills and Farleigh golf golf equipment are providing versatile company membership packages which are excellent for distant working for these trying to swap the boardroom for the golf course in a time the place outside, socially distanced conferences are the most secure different to on-line video calls.”