The president o a golf club that will shut its doors in April says it will be "severely missed".

Barry Symons says he was shocked when he heard Bushey Country Club will be closing and paid tribute to its members.

Hertsmere Borough Council announced earlier this month that they country club would close down due to "unsustainable financial losses".

Mr Symons said he and his 200 members have been left to look elsewhere and is "dismayed" at the decision taken by the council and Hertsmere Leisure Trust (HLT).

He said: "This is such a great golf club and it will be severely missed.

"What made it so great was how friendly this place was and the atmosphere was also wonderful."

Mr Symons, only became president last year, but has been involved with the club for 15 years, and is an ex-captain.

"This club has a great history. It has always done very well in competitions. A lot of juniors that have come here have gone on to be professionals.

"Members are now up in arms because they have nowhere to go but we haven't heard anything from the council for the future."

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Mr Symons says he understands the reasons for closure but has "concerns" over the club's management in recent years.

He said: "This place used to be absolutely packed. But the facilities have become a little tired and old, and unfortunately we've probably lost around 100 members who have gone elsewhere."

The president says he will challenge any proposals to develop the country club land and is calling for it to remain as a green space.

Hertsmere Borough Council leader Morris Bright said no decision have been taken about the future of the site and the council will consult with stakeholders and residents about any proposals.

David Brame, HLT's chief executive said: "In recent years we have worked extremely hard to improve the performance of Bushey Country Club, the golf course, and the community centre.

"It is disappointing this difficult decision has been made."