Darren Clarke to live on Judas Priest’s guitarist’s golf course

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir July 28, 2014 11:40

The former Open champion, Darren Clarke, has revealed that he will move to a Shropshire golf course owned by a guitarist from the 1970s and 1980s heavy metal band Judas Priest.

KK Downing, who became a fan of golf while touring with the band, bought The Astbury several years ago and has ploughed most of his fortune into the venue. He recently revealed that he will be building 11 holiday homes by the course, of which each one will be put on the market for about £500,000.

Darren Clarke, who became the professional at The Astbury last year, has said he will own one of the homes and will move onto the site. He has also said that his manager will be buying another of the chalets.

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KK Downing and Darren Clarke. Image by Your Golf Travel

It is unclear how much time Clarke, who mainly plays on the US tour, will actually spend in Shropshire.

“The construction of the holiday homes will officially begin in September but I hope to start spending more time here,” he said.

“But where ever I go I’m always wearing the official Astbury clothing and a lot of people have been asking questions about the venue.

“It’s already got a huge reputation for the whole course but the greens in particular are stunning because they are USPGA spec.

“Astbury is a special place and Ken [KK] has put so much time and effort into this place.

“These holiday homes are a natural progression and they are a really good, modern design that go together wonderfully with the setting.

“It’s very exciting to be a part of it.”

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KK Downing at The Astbury after agreeing a deal for a new fleet of course machinery

“It’s great Darren and his manager have helped launched our new real estate venture here at Astbury,” said Downing.

“We’ve had a lot of interest and it’s the first real push behind our leisure facilities.

“We’re still very hopeful of pushing on with the leisure complex very soon, which will include a spa and a swimming.

“But for now we’ve had a lot interest in the real estate, especially from America, so it will be a big boost for the local economy.”

KK Downing was one of the founding members of Judas Priest in 1969, and only left the band in 2011. Its 1982 album, ‘Screaming for Vengeance’, went double platinum in the USA.



Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir July 28, 2014 11:40
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