Kenwick Park GC’s £100K clubhouse investment4th January, 2012 by Emma Williams
While some golf clubs have put off investment due to the prolonged economic downturn, others have spent large sums during it.
Kenwick Park Golf Club near Louth, for instance, has seen its clubhouse, a 19th century grade II listed building, undergo an extensive refurbishment thanks to an investment programme totalling £100,000. Seventy per cent of this was met by caterers in return for a ten-year contract with the club.
Work carried out included new carpeting, low energy lighting, furniture and art work, a new sound system and general redecoration. A wall was also taken down to open up the lounge and dining room into one space. “This makes it much better for large club events and functions,” said spokesman Clive James. “We also made the bar a bit smaller to create space. Finally we upgraded the old spike bar into a snug bar.”
Moreover, the club has also invested £110,000 in purchasing or leasing new or nearly new mowers for the greens, fairways, tees and surrounds, and will this year buy a new a Verti-drainer and a tractor. The greenkeeping team has used the investment to completely replace the sand in the bunkers so all are the same consistency, and to introduce a reed bed to clean waste water.
The club’s two joint golf professionals, Michael Langford and Paul Spence, who run the Kenwick Park Golf Academy, have also been busy, as they revamped their shop, which now boasts, the club believes, the largest selection of equipment and clothing in the county.
“Last year 41 new members joined within a few weeks of the refurb,” said Clive. “We are now trialling a membership designed for the occasional golfer – a base sub plus pay when you play, with the objective to retain members who do not play enough to justify the full sub.”
Chairman of Kenwick Park Golf Club, Ed Davidson, added: “Despite the uncertain economic climate, we are continuing to invest in our future. The clubhouse now looks magnificent, our pro shop is second to none and our course just gets better every year. Investment in the quality of our course and facilities is vital to our long-term success.”