New membership applications are soaring at Wynyard Golf Club in the Tees Valley. Annual membership for individual, youth and corporate players runs from August 2009 through to July 2010 with a waiting list applying from the end of September.
Wynyard Golf Club has attracted many new members over the past few months and was singled out by a national newspaper and golf magazine as "one of the few (golf) clubs doing well" during the recession.
It stated that unlike many other clubs, Wynyard is successfully riding the current economic climate by amongst other factors, "reaching out to younger audiences".
Last year, considerable investment was made improving the 18-hole Wellington Course, and this, according to many golfers, has created excellent standards of play last seen when the club hosted the prestigious Seve Trophy back in 2005.
The club, set on the exclusive Wynyard estate near Teesside, also significantly improved all leisure, hospitality and business facilities and more recently appointed one of the region's most talented chefs, David Coulson, to launch The Duke Suite Restaurant.
Chris Mounter, Director of Golf, said: "Despite the recession, we are seeing a growing number of enquiries from potential new members who are looking for superior standards of golf like we have here at Wynyard.
"The club has been very proactive in terms of improving facilities on and off the course and from comments received, we're certainly back as one of the very best courses in the region."
Those wanting to join Wynyard Golf Club for 2009-10 can do so via an online membership form at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meanwhile, golfers from Wynyard threw some of the world's best players an unusual challenge at the Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lochmond.
The five golfers, all in fancy dress, grabbed the media's attention and hit the national headlines after mooring a boat within firing range of the course and challenging golfers including Colin Montgomerie to hit an inflatable target.
Monty was happy to take up the challenge and celebrated hitting the jackpot before getting back to his game on the eve of the Scottish Open.
The group are ardent followers of the event and are all members at Wynyard.