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Matters for Golf Clubs to consider when selling land

Golf courses are often regarded as prime real estate, whether they are in the country or in town and can attract developers seeking to embark on developments where they can see a potential gain. But what should you consider when planning to sell?

Monday 31st of July 2017 14:39

Golf courses are often regarded as prime real estate, whether they are in the country or in town and can attract developers seeking to embark on developments where they can see a potential gain whether the project is for commercial or, more frequently, residential purposes.   Clearly the prime purpose and raison d’etre of a golf club is to provide its members with as good a club as possible both from a playing as well as social perspective, but it may be that a club has surplus land which could be better used by selling off and maximising a financial return either for the club’s future development or to put it on a firmer financial footing by reducing any debt burden that there may be to a bank or other financial institutions.

Set out below are some of the issues and criteria that should be taken into account when considering whether to sell-off part of the club’s land, and which are divided into two headings:  the first, of a general nature in relation to the decision by the Club and its members to sell and, second, specific legal and professional issues.


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