Northumberland golf club to embark on £500k of improvements

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir September 21, 2021 10:45

Alnwick Castle Golf Club is to invest £500,000 in itself on a new clubhouse, changing facilities and a greenkeepers’ shed, as well as course improvements, partly in order to ‘create new income streams’.

The Duke of Northumberland’s development company, Northumberland Estates, which owns the 114-year-old club, has revealed that the work will begin this November and be completed by late spring 2022.

This comes after the club has seen a rise in membership numbers in recent years.

The building programme will see the construction of a new dual function clubhouse on a new site.

At the same time the golf club committee is planning additional improvements including the possible redesign of two holes and improvements to the greens such as better irrigation and drainage.

Andrew Robson, agent at Northumberland Estates, says the new clubhouse has been carefully designed to provide modern facilities while maintaining a traditional feel.

The scheme aims to provide a much larger lounge and bar area which can be used by the club for outside functions and events as well as by members.

Adjoining it will be the facilities focused on members needs and playing visitors, to include a new reception area, changing rooms, shop, and office space.

Alnwick Castle Golf Club. Image from Facebook

He added: “Alnwick Castle Golf Club have worked very hard over recent years to increase membership. We very much hope these new facilities will not only assist in attracting new members but will also provide the means to create new income streams through hiring out the improved hospitality areas for social events and functions, bringing more people to the club.”

Rod Henderson, director at Alnwick Castle Golf Club, said: “The club’s board, committee and members are very excited at the prospect of these improvements.

“It was only Christmas time when the plans were first discussed and site preparation work is already beginning.

“The new clubhouse will be a great asset in attracting outside functions as well as more visiting golfers, and will no doubt be much enjoyed by members too.

“Here at the club, we employ a number of local staff and use local suppliers where possible, and we hope the additional business will benefit the local community.

“In recent years we have increased membership numbers to 330 by introducing a range of membership options and we now have members coming to play from all over the North East as well as those local to Alnwick.

“Future plans include a juniors membership drive, and we are already in discussions with the Duchess High School to take this forward. The new clubhouse will undoubtedly play a role in helping continue this progress.”

Visiting golfers are another growth area for the club and phase two of this development hopes to see the addition of lodges on site used for overnight stays by golfers and visitors alike.

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir September 21, 2021 10:45
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