Graham Marshall has been appointed Golf Manager at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa, marking a new appointment at the five-star hotel on the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire border.
With 18 years’ experience in the golf industry, and a career working in both theUKandAmerica, he joins Luton Hoo from a management position with Burhill Golf and Leisure Limited, one of the UK’s largest owners and operators of golf courses.
Graham, 34, who lives in Harpenden, started working at a private members golf club inSurreyand then embarked on a degree in leisure management. As part of the degree course he spent one year working at a golf and country club in Connecticut. He joined American Golf, which was acquired by Crown Golf to become the largest owner operated golf course group in Europe, and worked at Pyrford Golf Club in Surrey prior to being promoted to Assistant Manager at Abbotsley Golf, Hotel & Country Club,Cambridge.
He joined the Burhill Group in 2006, working at the Aldwickbury Park Golf Club and Redbourn Golf Club in Hertfordshire. For the past year he has been Relief General Manager the Thornbury Golf Centre inBristoland Shropshire Golf Centre inTelford.
“I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know all the members and their guests,” said Graham. “We have a fantastic course here at Luton Hoo and I am excited to have been given the opportunity to raise the club to one of top leisure destinations in the South East.”
Reinforcing the hotel’s commitment to providing top class golf facilities, Paul Keen has become the club’s resident golf pro on a permanent basis. Paul, from Dunstable, joined Luton Hoo in 2008, when the course first opened, to look after club membership.
Set in the 1,065-acre Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa estate, the course is 7,107 yards long and par 73 off the championship tees. Sculpted amongst 250 acres of Capability Brown landscape, it was designed to be sympathetic with the historical significance of the surrounding parkland and gardens. No trees were removed to make way for the course and vast areas of wild flower pastures were planted to give the course a natural feel. It is irrigated through a reservoir filled by lakes on the course.
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