Spa sparks off "riff raff" row

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Spa sparks off "riff raff" row

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A FAWLTY Towers-style sign put up to deter ‘riff raff’ from visiting a spa’s golf course has sparked mixed reactions from would-be guests.

Cedar Falls Spa and Golf Course at Bishops Lydeard insists, however, that the sign, which reads, ‘Cedar Falls Golf, Open to Non-Residents, No Riff Raff’, is “tongue in cheek”, and should be taken lightly.

But one critic, writing on Trip Advisor, said: “The sign outside, which reads: No Riff Raff – honestly it does – should make you think twice about Cedar Falls.

“Are you welcome? Are you sure? How do you know if you're Riff Raff? If you're 80% posh and 20% ordinary might you be verging on Riffraffery without even knowing?”

Richard Smith, manager at Cedar Falls, told the County Gazette: “The banner was put up to encourage new players to our challenging golf course.

“Although the ‘No Riff Raff’ comment is tongue in cheek, St Andrew’s rules do apply, and everyone has taken it in very good humour as was intended.

“We do not require you to have a handicap but a certain standard of dress is expected. If you are arriving in anything other than an Aston or a Bentley, you may be asked to park around the back!”

Somerset County Councillor Mike Rigby, of the Lydeard Division, said: “Most golf courses do have their own dress codes, for example, so it’s probably a little bit more in your face than some people are used to.

“I assumed it was a joke, having seen it weeks ago.”

Heather Ellison-Nash, of Pixford Fruit Farm, said: “I’m completely unbothered by it – I have taken it light-heartedly.”

But another Bishops Lydeard resident, who didn’t want to be named, countered: “I don’t think it’s very funny because people can take it the wrong way. It’s discrimination.

“I know some millionaires who look like ruffians or ‘riff-raff’, and they have all the money in the world. How would you tell?”

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3:31pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Somerset_BTGOG says...

Can I turn up and play in my cut off jeans, vest and flip flops?
Can I turn up and play in my cut off jeans, vest and flip flops? Somerset_BTGOG
  • Score: 5

3:55pm Thu 21 Aug 14

rolo130267 says...

Yet another example of the serial bed-wetters amongst us getting their knickers in a twist over nothing!!
Yet another example of the serial bed-wetters amongst us getting their knickers in a twist over nothing!! rolo130267
  • Score: 5

9:39pm Thu 21 Aug 14

nat_11 says...

rolo130267 wrote:
Yet another example of the serial bed-wetters amongst us getting their knickers in a twist over nothing!!
they probably cant afford the course fee , so stand outside winging about an off the cuff comment.
[quote][p][bold]rolo130267[/bold] wrote: Yet another example of the serial bed-wetters amongst us getting their knickers in a twist over nothing!![/p][/quote]they probably cant afford the course fee , so stand outside winging about an off the cuff comment. nat_11
  • Score: 0

10:03pm Thu 21 Aug 14

RosieSparkle says...

Given that this so called professional "manager" also offered a free colonic irrigation to a customer who made a complaint, this really doesn't surprise me. The man is an idiot and a terrible advert for what is probably a good spa full of hard working people who have the misfortune to work for him.
Given that this so called professional "manager" also offered a free colonic irrigation to a customer who made a complaint, this really doesn't surprise me. The man is an idiot and a terrible advert for what is probably a good spa full of hard working people who have the misfortune to work for him. RosieSparkle
  • Score: 1

12:25pm Fri 22 Aug 14

KevinTurvey says...

Not very long ago this would have included Tiger Woods. No chance of catching Onslow and Diasy in the rhododendrons either.
Not very long ago this would have included Tiger Woods. No chance of catching Onslow and Diasy in the rhododendrons either. KevinTurvey
  • Score: 2

1:32pm Fri 22 Aug 14

feeby12007 says...

The banner itself looks cheap and tacky hung up on the tree. Maybe don't try so hard and you'll get the right clientele.
The banner itself looks cheap and tacky hung up on the tree. Maybe don't try so hard and you'll get the right clientele. feeby12007
  • Score: 4

2:16pm Fri 22 Aug 14

KevinTurvey says...

Claiming that this is tongue-in-cheek doesn't sit well with offers of colonic irrigation. Or are they perhaps offering the kind of services once advertised in phoneboxes? Oh yes I forgot - the only one left is covered in ivy, whoever she is and she didn't leave her number. Never mind, back to superfast fibre, which brings us back to cloni...ah
Claiming that this is tongue-in-cheek doesn't sit well with offers of colonic irrigation. Or are they perhaps offering the kind of services once advertised in phoneboxes? Oh yes I forgot - the only one left is covered in ivy, whoever she is and she didn't leave her number. Never mind, back to superfast fibre, which brings us back to cloni...ah KevinTurvey
  • Score: 4

6:48pm Fri 22 Aug 14

ladybird14 says...

We play at Oake a much better course and doesn't need to advertise like this! It seems to me that business may not be doing so well with having to advertise for non members, on a shabby sign like this hanging between the trees.It doesn't look good for business which is why i believe they have had to word it like this. I have also used there spa facilities which are not up to much there are much better ones is the area .
We play at Oake a much better course and doesn't need to advertise like this! It seems to me that business may not be doing so well with having to advertise for non members, on a shabby sign like this hanging between the trees.It doesn't look good for business which is why i believe they have had to word it like this. I have also used there spa facilities which are not up to much there are much better ones is the area . ladybird14
  • Score: 0

8:08pm Mon 25 Aug 14

KevinTurvey says...

"No Celebrities" might be more welcoming.
"No Celebrities" might be more welcoming. KevinTurvey
  • Score: 0
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