Wentworth Club row puts BMW PGA under threat

This week the Club Captain at Wentworth Club told the Financial Times ” I dont think the PGA Championship can go ahead at the moment in such an environment, such a situation”. Disturbing thoughts for the European Tour which also has its base at Wentworth.

The ongoing dispute has escalated between the Chinese owners of Wentworth and the existing members who are reeling at the impostion of a £100,000 debenture and annual fees of £16,000, twice the current fees. In a 15 page letter to the owners, it was said that “if residents are effectively excluded from the club they may be minded to refuse permission to close roads on Wentworth Drive. They mention that covenants in their deeds will allow them to object to grandstands, hoardings and the noise from the Saturday night rock concert. They may object to the disruption the roads closure causes them.

This could cause a logistical nightmare for the organisers. A spokesman for the Tour says that “it would be extremely unfortunate if the current dispute between Reignwood and Wentworth residents had effect on the BMW PGA which shows golf round the world and raises hundreds of thousands of pounds for local charities”.

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