ASHTON under Lyne Golf Club are celebrating after scooping a prestigious award for the quality of their beer.
The club have been awarded the Cask Marque accreditation for serving the perfect pint of cask conditioned ale and are the only golf club in the whole of Manchester to receive this award at present. Bar manager Steve Gilligan enthused: “This award is a great endorsement for us. We do have a lot of members who come into the 19th especially for the cask ale and it is gratifying to know that we are getting the formula just right. We also have a fantastic social scene at the club with plenty of club functions for the members to attend and a very busy function room not just for members but also for private parties.”
He added: “It’s not just the golf course that’s in fantastic condition, but the beer as well.”
Backed by 50 of the country’s leading brewers and pub companies, Cask Marque accreditation is only awarded to licensees whose ale passes a series of rigorous independent quality audits of both the beer and cellar standards.
Since its foundation in 1998, Cask Marque has inspected over 750,000 pints of beer and accredited over 10,000 of the country’s 40,000 pubs estimated to serve cask conditioned ales, but not many golf clubs!
Cask Marque director Paul Nunny said: “The golf club should feel justifiably proud of this great achievement, which not only recognises the effort they put into serving the perfect pint but also acts as an independent guarantee of quality for customers.
“All too often, publicans don’t appreciate the care and attention cask beers require and then run the risk of losing custom by serving pints that are “below par”.
Pictured is Ashton under Lyne Golf Club bar manager Steve Gilligan at work.