Another business has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ivyleaf Driving Range and Golf Course has been forced to closed due to an unprecedented loss of income.
The site, north of Bude, announced on Christmas Eve that the business was to shut its gates for good on Sunday, December 27.
A statement from Ivyleaf said: “Unfortunately, things have in fact become worse for us, as they have for so many business owners around the country and we now face the situation that has unfortunately been inevitable for some time.”
The course tried reopening in the summer to try and help the situation. However, this was not enough to save it from shutting.
The statement continued: “We have tried our absolute best to keep the course and CL site open for our regulars and we appreciate everyone understanding that, as the funds became lower, the playing conditions suffered as a result. Thank you again guys, it really does mean a lot.
“For a while there was a glimmer of hope that new owners were interested in taking over and we were overjoyed to think that we could introduce them to you all upon assisting them into running the business. We were happy to give the business to them and assist them in learning the processes required for running the place.
“Unfortunately we cannot now advise as to whether or not the business will be taken over in the future and we therefore have to make decisions regarding ourselves. I do know that the guys who are interested in taking on Ivyleaf still have a genuine interest in becoming the new owners, but unfortunately we will not be able to comment further.
“We are sure that if this happens the new proprietors will advertise the fact to all of you and we sincerely wish them every success and the very best of luck, should things fall into place at some point in the future.”
The statement explained that a loss of income alongside a court case brought against them in autumn has completely drained their funding.
The statement added: “Unfortunately, the combination of running at 40% of normal turnover since March, alongside exorbitant costs associated with ongoing litigation as well as court proceedings that were brought against us in October, the funds are now completely gone and the business cannot continue.
“We therefore are saddened to say that, following long discussions with our solicitors and subject to their professional advice, we are closing the golf course and caravan site as of midnight on Sunday, December 27. We will not be reopening.
“From this time the whole site will be shut to public access due to removal of insurances for play and to ensure this the front gate will be locked shut. We will however have a security operative and recording CCTV in place to monitor the overall site.”
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