Another tourism group buys a UK golf club

Emma Williams
By Emma Williams July 11, 2017 13:39

Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course in the Scottish Borders has become the latest golf club to be bought by a leisure group.

There has been a spate of activity in recent weeks: Wyldecrest Parks, a residential park and holiday home operator, has bought Sapey Golf Club, holiday firm Darwin Escapes has purchased The KP Club and leisure organisation The Club Company has bought its third golf club in the last 18 months.

Now Bespoke Hotels, the largest independent hotel group in the UK and owner of Carnoustie Golf Hotel, has bought the Scottish club and will be changing who manages the facility.

The Duke of Roxburghe commented: “I am delighted that we have reached agreement with Bespoke, knowing that they have exciting plans for the future and will invest significantly in the business.

“We look forward seeing the Roxburghe grow in the years ahead under new ownership and achieving our long-term vision of a high-quality resort destination.

“It became clear that a new investor was needed to come aboard for the Roxburghe to move to the next level and become a world class destination.

“I know how much the quality of service is valued by our customers, together with the high standards maintained in the hotel and on the golf course. I am therefore pleased to be able to confirm that all the existing staff will be retained. Although ICMI will not be continuing as managers, I am confident the professionalism, high standards and attention to detail for which the estate has become known will long be maintained into the future.”

“The opportunity for expansion of the facilities at the Roxburghe, alongside the development of self-catering lodges, is actively being considered,” said a spokesman for Bespoke.

In 2010, planning consent was granted for 60 holiday lodges, a new clubhouse and conversion of the existing clubhouse to a 10 bedroom dormy house, all of which stood as a key factor in Bespoke’s decision to acquire the business, he added.

“The creation of a luxury destination resort is the principal vision of the new owners, building on the outstanding facilities and reputation which Roxburghe enjoys.”


Haydn Fentum, founder and chief executive officer of Bespoke Hotels, added: “We look forward to taking the business into a new era. We are keen to build on the excellent work done to date by both Roxburghe Estates and ICMI, which has given us an extremely sound platform on which to build.

“We would like to extend our thanks to the outgoing management team, as well as to both the hotel and golf course staff, with whom we hope to build a fruitful relationship moving forward.”


Emma Williams
By Emma Williams July 11, 2017 13:39
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