The golf course was laid out in the early 1930s shortly after the then council bought Whitewebbs Park for the people of Enfield. It occupies about 100 acres out of a total of 240 acres.
Some facts about Whitewebbs Golf Course (from a non golfer)
- It is a public course, no membership is required and anyone can play.
- There are no silly rules about Club Captains parking spaces or what blazer and tie you should wear in the shower. Anyone and everyone is welcome.
- Charges are affordable when compared with other courses. These comparative figures are taken from the respective web sites. (a round of golf takes about 3 hrs)
- The course has to rely on green fees (what you pay for a round of golf) for its income. No bar or function rooms to subsidise the course. There could be a far better business model that would benefit the whole park
- Covid made a big difference to the demand for golf last year. I have never seen the course so busy and it was difficult to get a time slot. With restrictions on holidays and changes in work patterns this is likely to continue for quite some time. The chart below shows the impact on usage and income last year. Usage up 55% on 2019 and income up 80% over the previous year for the equivalent months. Prices did not go up as with other courses, more use was made of the standard priced slots.
- The Whitewebbs course is about 90 years old and is a mature course well suited to the landscape. It is rich in wildlife with habitats and bio corridors for birds, bats, deer, foxes and smaller mammals. It is not, as some who have not visited it, a barren waste of grass monoculture. There are many species of trees and shrubs with long hedgerows. It also contains the old course of the New River, an important historical feature.
- I am not a golfer but a daily user of this beautiful park. Those who dismiss the course as a place for well off, white middle class users do the place a grave disservice and ignore the facts. Those who dismiss it as a biological and environmental waste have never explored it properly. Plants and animals need a mix of open and close vegetation, clearings and woodland to survive and prosper.
- In Whitewebbs Park there is, with a bit of work following years of neglect, room for everybody. Paths need clearing and draining, trails need signing, facilities need improvement. The Friends of Whitewebbs have put forward proposals for this and made recommendations to the Blue and Green strategy consultation. Remember Whitewebbs is part of an interconnecting arc of open space that also includes Hilly Fields and Forty Hall. It does not exist in isolation.