The long-term future looks bright for Tandridge Golf Club with the historic Surrey venue reporting a significant rise in demand for memberships since golf resumed after the Covid-19 lockdown.
The Oxted-based club has joined the growing list of UK golf venues who have seen memberships soar this summer, with numbers now at a level that club officials were forecasting to reach in 2024.
Under the leadership of new general manager Luke Edgcumbe, Tandridge has experienced a major increase in applications across all its membership categories, with the number received in the last three months more than it would normally expect to receive for a whole year.
In addition to receiving 30 full membership applications, the private members’ club has taken on 16 new junior members and added another 10 players to its academy membership programme, which offers 10 individual lessons of 40 minutes each, six one-hour group lessons, and unlimited free use of the driving range with balls.
The recent influx of new members means that the academy is now full, but Tandridge is still accepting applications, with spaces becoming available on a weekly basis as people upgrade from academy to full membership.
Edgcumbe, who only took up his role at the club earlier this summer, said: “After everything that has happened this year, golf has provided one of the few beacons of light, and I’m thrilled that so many people are interested in joining this fantastic, forward-thinking, private members’ club.
“Tandridge is a course steeped in history and tradition, and has so much to offer to players of all ages and abilities. The most encouraging thing about the number of membership enquries that we have received is that a lot have come from younger people who are relatively new to golf, which bodes well for the long-term future of both the club and the game.”