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About the AGCO
The Association of Golf Course Owners (AGCO) was set up in 1992 and campaigns for fair treatment of tax and VAT for proprietary/company owned clubs and their members. AGCO is a non-profit making organisation. There is no fee for joining or supporting AGCO.
AGCO Chairman is Vivien Saunders OBE. Vivien is a former British Women’s Open Champion, has twice been winner of the British Sports Coach of the Year, and owns the Abbotsley Golf Club, the Cromwell Golf Club and is a joint owner of the Cambridge Meridian Golf Club – all in Cambridgeshire. Vivien is a qualified solicitor (now non-practising) and has a Master’s Degree in Tax Law. She is supported in AGCO by a committee of similarly interested golf course owners and members of proprietary clubs.
Members’ clubs are also treated as non-profit making – however huge their profits and however large their green fee income – and invariably don’t pay any tax on these earnings despite the law clearly saying they should! For example; The Berkshire Club Ltd. has taken £8.3 million worth of green fees since 1999 and has not paid tax on them.
Two other groups represent the proprietary sector in golf. The recently formed UK Golf Course Owners Association represents a number of commercial clubs; they have interests other than tax. The National Association of Public and Proprietary Golf Courses provides playing matches and tournaments for members of affiliated clubs.