Has Alfold’s Wildwood Golf Club gone into the rough?



The popular golf club on the Surrey/Sussex border with approved plans to build a £35 million pound hotel development and a multi-million pound PGA golf academy  – is about to go into liquidation.

Club members, staff and suppliers are reeling from the shock that the club, which was sold to wealthy foreign buyers a few months ago,  has run into serious financial difficulties. Some say by accident – others by design!Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 14.19.15.png

Staff, including groundsmen, catering and office staff have either been given notice to quit or have not been  paid since before Christmas. Some have young families. Ground equipment has been re-possessed and food, drink and various other suppliers have not been paid. Weddings and events planned throughout the year have been cancelled – leaving couples angry and out-of-pocket.

Members of the club at Alfold Crossway are shocked and “ANGRY”   that, despite repeated attempts to contact the owners for an explanation, they are being ignored.

Some are claiming back their golf memberships from their credit card providers, others are writing to the club’s  Solicitors ABGM Solicitors 74 Brent Street, London NW4 2ES.020 8202 5060.

Former director Phil and Louise Harrison, and other  family members who previously worked for the club, have left for a home in Spain, after telling the few staff that remained at the club – that it was – “all over.”

The couple from the North of England worked tirelessly over many years to keep the Wildwood Show on the road whilst investors/new owners were sought to carry through their ambitious plans to make Wildwood a mecca for golf. The PGA Junior golf academy was predicted to have plans to set up home there and Hilton Hotels was widely mentioned as the hotel operator.

Now it appears everything has crashed around the ears of the former directors, and there is complete silence from the new boys on the block! The Directors are listed below;  one of whom has been banned from holding any company  directorships! 

Three local charities that held an event at the club last September  have not received any of the monies raised – one of which – a children’s cancer charity – has brought in the police to investigate, what they are describing as a “disgusting fraud.”

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Rachel Clunie the former events and marketing manager who was given instant notice  without any explanation last December said to rob a children’s charity that fundraised for child  cancer –  was one of the most horrible things she  could imagine. “These people are absolute filth, anyone that can rob babies and young  children, without hair and ravaged by this awful disease and the accompannying  aggressive treatment deserves to rot – and she claims, so far, her attempts to ‘Interest’ Guildford police have gone absolutely “nowhere.” She said – “they are simply not interested in local fraud.

The other charities involved are the Retired Racehorse Association and Cranleigh Football Club. The Charity night raised many thousands of pounds from an Auction, and sponsorship the  raffle alone  raised in excess of £2,000.

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Rumours running rife around the club members, predict the club will go into administration within days and then the site will be the subject of a planning application for many hundreds of houses!

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The site on the A281 Horsham Road is just a stones throw from the 100 homes to be built in Loxwood Road, 465 homes now at Appeal by Thakeham Homes on the Care Ashore land at Springbok and a quarter of a mile from Dunsfold airfield – which has been earmarked for 2,600 homes,  1,800 of which have been granted permission by Waverley Planners and which has now been called in for  a public inquiry by the Secretary of State. 

The owners are not responding to any communications at the time this post was published.

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10 thoughts on “Has Alfold’s Wildwood Golf Club gone into the rough?”

  1. some of this information is very wrong, an incorrect, not sure where your information came from but changes are needed

    1. The information we have received is literally – straight from the horses mouth – or in this case the golfers, suppliers, staff, charities, and the very many people who have been dumped into the rough! So you tell us what changes need to be made and if you know otherwise – the true facts – then we will change them! You can contact us in private at contact@waverleyweb.org

  2. It’s about time someone made a huge noise about this unacceptable situation. So well done Waverly Web.

    Wildwood staff, suppliers and Phil and Lou Harrison have all been totally shafted by the management company running Wildwood, Pathway Projects LTD and, of course, not to mention the disgusting fact that the company refuses to pay out monies raised and taken on the night for the thee charities at Wildwood Rocks 2106, this included cash & credit card payments for winning silent auction bids. WHERE THE HELL IS THAT MONEY?

    Having challenged Wildwood’s ‘Finance Manager’ Claire Batey regarding this matter, I have been met with snotty, patronising and empty emails. They refuse to answer where the charity money is, why it hasn’t been paid & when it will be paid. The sum total of the response given is ” Your aggressive tone is disappointing and unnecessary.”

    Aggressive tone is disappointing & unnecessary? Hilarious! Let’s start with “aggressive tone”, my email was concise, factual and to the point. Clearly accurate, professional and concise emails are not something they understand, as it is becoming clear to all that Pathway Projects or their finance staff do not operate in the same manner. As “disappointing & unnecessary” is concerned, in my humble opinion there is nothing more disappointing than charity money being taken (some of which was for a charity that works with dying and terminally children) and I would like to add my own adjectives to this ….. SICKENING & DISGUSTING!

      1. Aren’t we all Niel. The clubhouse is full of youngsters guarding the place so the owners can presumably avoid paying business rates! So watch this pace, we will let you know what the big game is, as soon as we get the heads up.

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