New golf course to be twice as big as previously thought

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim February 29, 2016 16:30

A new golf course that’s being built near Wolverhampton is set to be twice the size it was originally planned to be.

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Nine-hole Essington Golf Club & Leisure Centre, which is due to open at the end of this year, creating 50 jobs, could now be an 18-hole course, creating an extra 10 jobs, due to plans submitted by its owner, Wood Farm Golf and Leisure.

Its spokesman, Brian Saunders, has said that land next to the site has been bought to accommodate the extra part of the course and if the new plans get the go-ahead, the current 80 acre site will be boosted by a further 88 acres.

“This is a long-term thing and when it is done it is going to be an asset and it will create jobs – it is what is needed. It will be a top course. As soon as it is passed we are ready to do the work straight away, we want to get stuck in and get it open,” he said.

Plans for a clubhouse featuring a lounge, meeting room, kitchen, and 63 car parking spaces were approved last year.

Work at the new golf club started in 2008 but its completion date was pushed back due to the downturn in the building trade.

“When we started the first one it was the recession and there was no material about, but things have picked up and we have been steaming ahead,” he added.

“We’re currently in the last part of the landscaping stage,” he told the Express & Star. “Then we’ve got to leave it to mature.

“Eighty per cent of the course is planted and maturing and there’s the last bit to plant and leave to mature. We want it all planted and maturing by June / July. Hopefully we can open late this year but obviously if it matures earlier then fantastic. We just want to get it open as soon as possible.”

“In the future it’s going to be a top course, but these things take time, they don’t take five minutes.

“It’s a long term thing but once its done it will be there forever. It will stay green forever as well. But a lot of people think these things take five minutes.

“It’s going to be quite a challenging course when it’s done.

“Nine holes will allow people to come and play a quick round after work but for it to be a top course we need 18 holes.”

The expansion would cost approximately £2 million and take about two years to build.

 

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim February 29, 2016 16:30
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