Golf retailer American Golf has taken over the operation of Barnehurst Golf Course in Kent and is set to re-open the Bexleyheath-based venue in the next few months.
Barnehurst closed in 2020, with previous operator Mytime Active ending its lease at the end of March 2021 after operating the site since 2009. It blamed financial pressures around Covid closures as the reason behind the lease termination.
American Golf, which owns 95 retail stores across the UK and runs driving ranges at Rossendale, Hemingford Abbots and Wythall, has submitted plans to enhance the venue with the addition of a new sports lounge, a refurbished driving range, and retail space with custom-fitting services.
American Golf CEO Gary Favell said: “We are looking forward to being part of the Barnehurst community and to welcoming past and new members to the club when we open our doors in Spring. The acquisition of Barnehurst Golf Club supports our wider vision to make golf accessible and fun for everyone. We want to break down the barriers to entry and to inspire as many people as possible to try golf for the first time. We are looking forward to announcing details around membership in the coming weeks.”
Bexley Councillor Peter Craske, cabinet member for Places, said: “Having such an established name running the course is exactly what is needed to help it develop and grow into a key golfing venue. The new operators are already brimming with ideas for the site and I’m looking forward to seeing them start work.”