Drive to improve bar and lounge paying off

Tommy Turnbull and Coun Alison Byard at the official opening event. Picture by Trevor Walker.

Tommy Turnbull and Coun Alison Byard at the official opening event. Picture by Trevor Walker.

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A major refurbishment at Morpeth Golf Club is already having a positive effect.

The £55,000 project for the bar and lounge area of the clubhouse took three weeks to carry out and it was officially opened by town Mayor Alison Byard.

Members have used the works as an opportunity to let residents know what is available at the facility.

More events have been planned to get people along to see the transformation.

The refurbishment was project managed by club member Ray Gilbert, of Straightline Construction, and Martin Calder, this year’s captain, drew upon his experience in the licensing trade to give design advice.

Steven Johnson, one of the partners in the pro shop, provided his finance and corporate expertise.

Chairman of the board, Tommy Turnbull, said: “The part of the building that includes the bar and lounge is about 100 years old and we agreed that this area needed a major refurbishment.

“We wanted to create something that would attract more customers and guests and we’re very grateful to Ray, Martin and Steven for providing their expertise.

“We also took the opportunity to remind local residents that they are welcome to come along for a drink or a meal – they don’t have to be a member of the club. Leaflets went out to inform them of the changes.

“We’re really pleased with the fresh new look for the bar and lounge and we’ve already seen an increase in bookings for meals and group parties.

“Both members and visitors have been very complimentary about it. I personally think it’s first class and it will greatly benefit the club.

“We believe we now have something that can compare with bar and lounge facilities at any other venue in the Morpeth area.

“There will be more events such as music nights and quiz nights in the coming months to help us attract more non-members.”

Morpeth Golf Club also has function rooms for wedding, birthday and christening parties and business meetings.

For more information and to make a booking, call the club on 01670 504942.