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Promoting the ‘best new golf club in England’

12.11am 8th May 2009 - Course Development

Golfers can save almost £1,000 on green fees and lessons if they take out a membership at Heythrop Park before the new course near Oxford opens in September. The course has already been labelled as one of the finest new facilities in England.

This spectacular offer was announced at the Club’s successful inaugural Open Weekend on April 25th -26th during which over 300 perspective members viewed the Club’s new 7,156-yard golf course and its state-of-the art Health and Fitness Club.

“The Open weekend was a huge success with everyone who toured the course giving us really positive feedback and a number of people signed up on the spot,” said director of operations, John Angus.

“To launch our membership drive we are offering 9 free green fees and 2 free lessons to everyone who takes out membership before the course opens in September.

The Club is currently looking to sign up a limited number of golf members who will be asked to pay a one-off joining fee of £1,250 and an annual subscription of £2,300. There are similarly competitive deals on offer for prospective members of the Health and Fitness Club.

New course in an historic setting
Heythrop Park is the site of one of the foremost estates in England and in keeping with its status is about to be graced by a quintessential English golf course which meanders over ridges and through valleys and is studded with ancient woodland, lakes and streams.

The new 7,156-yard par 72 course is the handiwork of Tom Mackenzie, of internationally-renowned golf course architects, Mackenzie & Ebert, who are currently working on four Open Championship venues, Turnberry, Royal St George’s, Royal Lytham & St Annes and Royal Troon, as well as other prestigious projects as far afield as the Portugal, Angola, Germany, the Czech Republic, Germany, Canada and the West Indies.

Mackenzie and Ebert are renowned for their sympathetic treatment of the landscape and nowhere is that better illustrated than at Heythrop, where the course was seeded as recently as last summer but which will soon look as if it has been in situ for years.

“Working at Heythrop has been a dream come true for me,” said Mackenzie, during a recent site visit. “My two great loves are golf and the landscape so to have the opportunity to work on such an historic site has been incredible.

“Of course, it hasn’t all been straightforward. We were tasked by the planners to replant 90% of the original parkland layout, and to route the golf course round it, which was a formidable challenge. But, with the help of the parkland experts, English Heritage and other government bodies, we have succeeded and we’ve been delighted at the initial reception the course as received.”

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