Wentworth's well-heeled members moan that traditional clubhouse now looks 'like ...

Wentworth's well-heeled members moan that exclusive golf club's new Chinese owners have made traditional clubhouse 'like a Premier Inn' Wentworth's members say traditional clubhouse now looks like a ‘Premier Inn’ £13million refurbishment led to furious members bemoaning a change in culture General manager admitted renovation went too far in stripping club of ‘heritage’

By Jessica Green For Mailonline

Published: 12:25 BST, 20 July 2019 | Updated: 13:03 BST, 20 July 2019

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Well-heeled members of one of England’s most exclusive golf courses have accused its Chinese owners of making the traditional clubhouse look more like a ‘Premier Inn’.

It comes as the new general manager admitted that the renovation went too far in stripping the clubhouse of its ‘heritage’, The Daily Telegraph reports.

The ill-feeling between members and the club owners began shortly after Beijing-based billionaire Dr Chanchai Ruayrungruang bought Wentworth from restaurateur Richard Caring for £135million in 2014. 

And in the latest indication of dissatisfaction, 20 members - including two recent club captains - are leaving Wentworth, which lies at the heart of the exclusive Wentworth Estate in Virginia Water, Surrey.

Wentworth, one of England’s most exclusive golf courses, (pictured) lies at the heart of the exclusive Wentworth Estate in Virginia Water, Surrey

Wentworth, one of England’s most exclusive golf courses, (pictured) lies at the heart of the exclusive Wentworth Estate in Virginia Water, Surrey

A £13million refurbishment led to furious members bemoaning a change in culture from what they described as having been ‘quintessentially British’.

Honours boards that listed winners of the PGA Championship, club trophy winners and past captains, and lined the clubhouse’s famous Burma Bar, were thrown

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