Border squash players have been left "disappointed and gutted" at the SS&A Club's sudden decision to close the courts permanently.
Members of the SS&A Squash and Racquetball Club were told of the decision last week which was put down to the "serious financial position" of the SS&A Club after the two-month COVID-19 shutdown.
President Ron Iverson told The Border Mail the decision was "premature and unnecessary".
"There was no consultation no previous contact, we are not impressed," he said.
"The rush to make a premature judgement seems unfounded and I have been getting phone calls, messages and emails from our members really concerned about the future of our club."
More than 100 members were notified by letter from the club's board.
"With the serious risk that COVID-19 presents, increased costs associated with maintaining a safe environment for both members and staff and the serious financial position of the SS&A Club as a whole now faces the board of directors have resolved that the squash courts will be permanently closed," the letter stated.
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After meeting with the board on Friday night, which included chief executive Gerard Darmody and president Eddy Dunlop, Mr Iverson said the decision was final.
"When asked point blank if the squash courts were planned for demolition, possibly for more car parks, this was emphatically denied," he said.
"Stating the club did not have the money to demolish the squash courts even if they wanted to, Eddy emphasised the courts would have to be 'falling down before they would be knocked down'.
"The situation put to us was currently there will be no immediate return to play as no government has agreed to a return to play.
"In addition the club is requesting the committee put together a business plan looking for us to become an independent sporting body."
Mr Darmody was unable to be contacted at the club on Sunday.