The Club Company becomes the UK’s biggest golf club operator

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir July 7, 2020 08:15

Crown Golf is no longer the UK’s biggest golf club operator, as it has sold six of its 15 golf clubs.

Earlier this year Crown Golf said it had evolved from ‘a purely golf course operating business into a property development company’, and the sale means it has gone from running 25 golf clubs to nine in the last eight years.

This also means The Club Company, which runs 15 golf clubs, is now the UK’s biggest golf club operator. Mytime Active is second with 14.

The six golf clubs have been acquired by Get Golfing CIO, a charity that was set up in 2018 and has now acquired seven golf clubs just during the pandemic – having taken on Warley Park Golf Club a couple of months ago – to bring its total up to eight.

The charity says its specific purpose is to increase participation in golf and encourage the obvious health benefits of the game, and it has plans for further acquisitions in the future.

The six clubs are a mix of freehold and leasehold properties, and they are Hampton Court Palace Golf Club, Surrey, Oak Park Golf Club, Surrey, Pyrford Golf Club, Surrey, Sherfield Oaks Golf Club, Hampshire, Mill Green Golf Club, Hertfordshire, and  The Bristol Golf Club, South Gloucestershire.

Stephen Towers

Stephen Towers, CEO of Crown Golf said: “The sale of these courses is the culmination of a strategic restructure, which allows us to focus investment on core sites with both golf and leisure, as well as development opportunities.

“We have greatly enjoyed being custodians of these clubs, and are very pleased to have found a buyer who is committed to the game of golf, and to taking the clubs on the next stage of their golfing journey.”

Spokesman Ben Allen added: “It is encouraging for the golf market to report this landmark sale, especially at times of uncertainty.

“This acquisition makes Get Golfing one of the country’s leading golf operators.”


Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir July 7, 2020 08:15
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  1. Eddy October 25, 07:58

    Get golfing have just acquired Pyrford. The GM has promised members experiences to improve. On the course they are doing works to bring it up to a good standard which is great but the playing experience is horrendous with 8 min tee times and 4 balls everywhere. Club matches even have to be played in 4 balls!!!
    5 hour rounds minimum.

    He is clearly the puppet on the string of get golfing who together are ruining membership of what could be an amazing club. Working from home = playing golf so let’s hope as offices reopen Get Golfings approach will unravel.

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  2. David Hersey August 10, 22:10

    Having been a member of redlibbet I cannot a lot wrong with the new owner lots of new work has been done all new bunkers lots work on tee yes lots of people on the course you have two to three weeks to book stop winging

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  3. Hampton Court Member August 9, 12:18

    GetGolfing are destroying the whole concept of being a member of a golf club. Members are now penalised if they want to play in 2 or 3 balls with their mates and forced to play with complete strangers. GetGolfing’s only plan is to get 300+ players every day, which will ruin the course. All promises of investment into the course have been broken, staff furloughed and emails pleading poverty being sent. This “charity” has no interest in people playing golf, just as many as they can get paying their bar & food prices for their other business. I won’t be rejoining!

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  4. HCP Member August 5, 11:24

    Agree with previous comments.
    As a member of Hampton Court Palace GC for many years it is patently obvious that Get Golfing are solely focused on maximizing profits whist masquerading as a charity and have turned the club into a badly run pay & play…. pro shop- Gone, members roll ups – Gone, Allocated tee times for comps – Gone….. they would probably charge for car parking if they could get away with it!

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  5. Unhappy golfer August 1, 18:16

    As a member of the Bristol golf club, I am not happy with get golfing. They are discounting prices to attract as many paying punters as possible, regardless of ability. Also joining 2 balls who have booked a tee time with other 2 balls. No interest in the members, all about making as much profit as poss

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    • Anonymous August 3, 18:12

      Agree with these comments. Mill Green has seen an influx of non members, which in itself I’m not against, actually enjoy the extra buzz. But, this does naturally bring in players who are not as caring about the course and standards, such as SLOW play and huge increase in pitch marks left on the greens. Along with no competitions for members, closing the Pro shop and fairways deteriorating, Get Golfing still show no signs of member care. First impressions count and this is a bad start, lots of disgruntled members right now

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    • Jim August 5, 11:38

      It looks similar at Hampton Court. It’s changing to Pay and Play, and all block bookings for roll ups, seniors, men’s and Ladies are being cancelled. No point in being a member anymore as they are killing the social side, a lifeline for many of the seniors.

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  6. djm July 9, 21:47

    Get Golfing……..A company formed in 2018 to benefit from tax breaks that CICs don’t get. It will pay no tax on income providing certain purposes can be satisfied.It can also claim Gift Aid on any donations. It will more than likely benefit from 100% rate relief, but more likely obtain 80%. From a VAT perspective, certain activities delivered via a charity qualify for concessions, and charities don’t pay stamp duty land tax when purchasing properties or leases.

    Give it 2 years & these golfing operation will be seeking new owners

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    • Rcp July 27, 14:19

      As a member of a club get golfing have taken over. I feel exactly the same. Bet the directors have big salaries,. A shame for golf and the taxes sadly needed in the country at this time.
      Time for an overhaul of charities to get back to there ture purpose

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      • CW August 13, 20:28

        I can only agree with what has been said on this forum. Friendly matches cancelled because they want to charge our visitors £40 a head and wanting us to play county matches 2 balls as a four ball but 2 matches on the same tee. Yes work that one out. Once Corona sorts itself out and people go back to their original lives Get Golfing will be wishing their members hadn’t voted with their feet. HCPGC RIP. Charity yea right. Greedier than the greediest thing.

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