Two struggling clubs put up for sale
Two struggling golf courses have been put up for sale as new data suggests that the industry is in recovery.
Hounslow Heath Golf Club in London has been put up for sale or to let, and comes with planning permission for the redevelopment of the clubhouse.
The venue is in need of improvement, but a spokesman for the agent handling the sale said that interest has been strong due to its location.
Ben Allen of GVA Hotel and Leisure, said: “Hounslow Heath is an exceptionally well located golf property. Whilst the current facilities are well below the standard required by the modern day golfer, the planning permission that has been granted for the facility, coupled with the London Borough of Hounslow’s flexibility over the future use of the property – be that an 18 hole facility or nine-hole course with supporting activities – mean that this opportunity will undoubtedly appeal to a wide range of leisure operators. We have received a very encouraging level of early interest in the property.”
GVA Hotels and Leisure is also selling The Grange & Links Hotel and Golf Club in Lincolnshire.
The 18-hole links golf course, which was placed in administration recently, is a par 70, 6,021 yard links course dating back to 1901 with excellent coastal views.
The decision to place these two properties on the market comes as Sinead Heraty, chief executive of the Irish Ladies’ Golf Union, has said that golf industry in Ireland, which has been badly hit by the recession, may now be in recovery.
She said the number of golfers that have given up the game has stabilised in the last year after several years of large drops, and that the number of programmes encouraging younger golfers to play the game have been encouraging.
“There are definite green shoots,” she said.