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A former member of Sunningdale GC is suing the exclusive Berkshire club after having his membership revoked… for playing too much golf!

John Cawood, a 72-year-old former lawyer from Australia, has started legal proceedings after he was booted out of the club for allegedly playing more than 30 rounds per year.

Cawood, who spends the majority of the year ‘Down Under’, had been on a subsidised overseas membership at Sunningdale, reckoned to cost in the region of £1,100 per year. That’s as compared to the £3,750 annual dues paid by full members.

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The Central London county court heard how concerns were first raised in 2011 about the amount of time that Cawood was spending at the club and that it was suggested to him then that he become a full member.


The matter was raised for a second time in 2014, leading to his membership being revoked in 2015.

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Club officials have alleged that, between 2014 and 2015, Cawood was in the UK for more than 11 months, considerably more than his six-month tourist visa allowed.

Cawood countered that his partner’s partners were ill at the time and, as his partner is a British citizen, he was allowed to remain in the UK on a spousal visa.

The case continues this week.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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