Glendale Golf is to invest over £700,000 into improvement projects across its network of venues throughout the UK in 2021.
Despite a challenging year for the leisure sector, Glendale Golf welcomed record-breaking visitor numbers in 2020 with more than 280,000 visitors across its six courses. This represented a 12% increase to 2019, despite being closed for a large part of the year. As a result, the business has been able to invest in a series of projects across the estate to further improve its facilities and experience for its visitors.
Initial work is already underway at Duxbury Park Golf Course in Manchester and Tilgate Forest Golf Centre in West Sussex. The upgrades, which include major drainage works and reconstruction of greens, are being delivered in partnership with sports field constructors J Mallinson. Work will also be carried out at both Portsmouth Golf Course in Hampshire and Richmond Park Golf Courses in south west London over the next 12 months.
In addition, there are further projects planned to improve club facilities. Both Castle Point and Richmond Park will begin redeveloping their driving ranges and practice facilities in the coming months, with Richmond Park also set to renovate its clubhouse’s external seating prior to the Summer.
As part of Glendale Golf’s drive to improve sustainability across its network, the business has also started replacing all petrol buggies with new, environmentally friendly, electric fleets. Charge points have been installed by contractors local to the various courses.
“Whilst forced periods of closure and capacity restrictions provided their challenges, the nature of the sport meant we were less affected than most of the leisure industry, and we were fortunate to welcome a record number of visitors to our courses last year,” said Jon Dummett, Head of Golf at Glendale.
“The outcome of this is the opportunity for us to reinvest in our facilities and continue to improve the experience for our members and visitors, and we are incredibly excited to welcome everyone back for what we anticipate being another busy year for our courses.”