De Vere has made a point

Freddie Flintoff playing golf at the De Vere, Blackpool for a charity event.

Freddie Flintoff playing golf at the De Vere, Blackpool for a charity event.

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The De Vere Club believes it has solved the problem of making golf club membership affordable in troubled times with its flexible point-based membership last year.

Among the 9,000 new members who have joined the De Vere scheme since March last year are cricket legend Andrew Flintoff, who promoted it on a charity day at De Vere Heron’s Reach in Blackpool earlier this month.

The £295 membership fee provides members with 100 De Vere Club points at entry level, redeemable at any of the group’s 16 courses around the UK. Other North West venues include Mottram Hall in Macclesfield, Wychwood Park, Crewe and Carden Park, Chester.

Every time a member plays a round, points are deducted from the total allocation. Additional categories offering 200, 300 and 400 points, as well as a 500-point corporate membership have been introduced. Points can also be used for balls at the driving range, buggy hire and leisure facilities.