Despite the threat of closure next year from Ealing Council who want to rewild the land and use it for other purposes, Perivale Park golf course continues to be used both by locals as well as players from across the UK.
Over the weekend, players from the golf course gave access to their green to some of the top amateur golfers from across the UK competing in the British Amateur Open held at Ealing Golf Club.
Ealing Golf Club volunteers Tayan Wagjiani and Joe Pearson arrived just after dawn to convert the practice range into a professional practice area.
Joe Jadavjee who has been playing on the Perivale course for 47 years said. “This is a great honour for us. It’s not often we see players of this calibre on our little municipal course. When I first started I arrived with six clubs. I got chatting with two regular players and have been hooked on this course ever since. I would like to wish them all the best of luck.”
Jack Eatherley, a regular course user, involved in developing and designing sports social impact initiatives for over 20 years commented on the proposed closure of the course by Ealing Council. Mr Eatherley said: “I’m very sad to hear about the decision to close the Perivale Golf course. I know golf clubs sometimes have a reputation for snobbishness and elitism but this particular course is the polar opposite of this.”
He added: “It’s a tremendous social asset; encouraging all parts of the community from all backgrounds a safe place to learn to play golf from dawn to dusk. Instead of closing this facility I would encourage England Golf and Ealing Council to really study participation here and replicate it. It’s a shining example of how to break down barriers and promote the very first steps into a sport for both young and old.”