‘Golden’ fees spark anger at Bonnyrigg golf club

Phillip Mulligan, Dalkeith who  plays at Broomieknow Golf Course, where fees have increased for 'golden members'.

Phillip Mulligan, Dalkeith who plays at Broomieknow Golf Course, where fees have increased for 'golden members'.

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In what has been described as a “diabolical liberty”, fees at a Bonnyrigg golf club have increased by 1120 per cent for 16 of its most longstanding members,

With more than 50 years membership at Broomieknowe Golf Club, ‘golden members’ received a shock when their annual subs arrived in March.

Course fees have increased from £10 to £60 and the pensioners, aged between 70 and 90, now have to pay Scottish Golf Union fees of £12, a bar voucher for £30 and £20 if they have a locker.

At 72 years old, Phillip Mulligan has been playing at Broomieknowe since 1952.

Although he has chosen to renew his membership, he is disgusted at the club’s treatment of its most loyal members.

He told the Advertiser: “It’s a diabolical liberty – how can you compare £10 to £122? It’s unbelievable – the membership for golden members used to be £1.

“The club officials are discriminating against us and forgetting about the loyalty we have given them. I have put in a lot of money to keep this club going. I don’t think they care about that.”

Read full story in the April 18 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.