A GOLF club has reopened after being hit by an arson attack earlier this week.

Marsden Park Golf Club on Town House Road in Nelson was attacked on the evening of Monday April 19 and suffered around £100,000 worth of damage.

Fortunately, the culprits were apprehended by police shortly afterwards, while owner Neil Reeves, who runs the club with with Trudie, is determined that this will not derail the plans he has for the club.

He said: "Whether its a small thing or a big thing like this, it's not going to dampen our spirits.

"Obviously we've just through the pandemic, we've had a new bistro installed, a new professional shop and we've invested heavily during lockdown."

He added: "We have about 20 people who make their livelihoods from the golf club so it's important we crack on."

Four fire engines were first called to the scene, just after 10pm on Monday.

Firefighters used three hose reels, four breathing apparatus, lighting, a thermal imaging camera, a hearth kit and ladders to bring the fire under control and they remained at the scene for several hours.

Significant damage had been caused and on the advice of the fire brigade, the club was closed shortly after the attack, but is now ready to welcome back members.

Mr Reeves anticipates a busy time ahead, with 50 new members having recently joined and with the first competition since the easing of lockdown having been hosted at the club last Saturday.

The owners, who took the club over four years ago from Pendle Borough Council, hope that this will be the first of many more.

They have installed new measures to allow for socially distanced events and look forward to returning to normality.

Mr Reeves said: "It's a big job now, but we won't let this stop us."

To find out more about Marsden Park Golf Club, go to: https://www.facebook.com/ReevolutionGolf.