Crucial in the whole VAT issue – more important than it sounds. Read on …
Members’ clubs at your course
It is crucial to remember that the EGU and county rules make it mandatory for all golf course owners to have a members’ club operating at the course. That was part of the conditions for all new courses through the 1980s, 1990s and onwards. That members’ club has to have a committee, specified officers, an agreed club constitution, a democratic AGM and have a committee that operates the handicapping.
It is that members’ club that is affiliated to England Golf and county golf unions and NOT the business. It is that members’ club that is actually liable for the affiliation fees and NOT the business. It is that members’ club that has the right to vote with the county and England Golf.
This is crucial to our argument over the VAT distortion. This compulsory members’ club at a proprietary course means that the experience of a golfer at a proprietary club is identical to that of a golfer at a members’ club. And we way that is why the VAT treatment should be the same!
Remember that there are many members’ clubs with associate members who have no vote or share. Their experience is identical to the experience of our members.
Don’t let the county golf unions or England Golf deny the existence of the members’ club. It is a crucial part of the VAT issue.
Click here and read on: Collecting affiliation fees