ALMOST 300 people attended the launch night when Crow Nest Park Golf Club officially opened their new clubhouse extension.
After years in the planning and months to build, the brand new facility opened (six weeks ahead of schedule) with a live band and fireworks display.
The function suite, which has been named The Sir Titus Salt Suite, after the 19th Century Bradford philanthropist who once lived at the Crow Nest mansion, can hold up to 150/160 for a formal sit down event, and is now seen as a ‘major’ player in the Brighouse area for weddings, sportsmen’s dinners and other social events.
Indeed, the first users were the ladies of local community group, the Brighouse NSPCC, who had previously used the club’s existing facilities for a number of years.
On opening night, general manager Les Holmes thanked the club’s founder, Richard Harrison for his foresight and vision in setting up the Golf Club in 1995, and also heaped praise on the club’s current landlords Mick and Sue Stansfield for the delivery, weeks ahead of schedule, of the new extension.
“It is really pleasing to have received so many positive comments from a number of local residents, whose original fears that the development would result in a ‘nightclub’-type facility, now admit their concerns have been quashed,” said Holmes.
“In my opinion, Crow Nest Park now has the clubhouse facilities which not only match the high quality of the course, but also surpassed those in any similar sized golf club in the county.”
The Crow Nest-coloured opening ribbon was cut by local Councillors David Kirton and Graham Hall, both of whom had supported the clubs planning application throughout.
Food was provided by the club’s in-house caterers, the Design House, and the members positive comments, gave a resounding endorsement for the future of the relationship.
The Seniors section held their inaugural Annual Dinner in the new function suite, when 57 members and guests attended and were entertained by the Milsom String Quartet.
Seniors captain Jim Gray welcomed everyone and presented past captain Roger Carter with a commemorative water colour painting in recognition of his services to the Senior Section and the club, while a bouquet of flowers was also presented to Avril Carter.