After nearly 41 years as Proprietor of Cold Ashby Golf Club (pictured above), David Croxton is soon to move into a well-earned retirement. The golf course lease has been taken over by the current members with effect from 1st November and will continue with a new cooperative structure.
“I am delighted that the club and its current ethos is to continue and hope that the members and visitors will continue to enjoy Cold Ashby’s friendly and relaxed environment,” said David. “My retirement is probably overdue and I wonder if any other current golf club proprietor can claim over 40 continuous years at the helm of a golf club. As with most businesses there have been good times and not so good, but I have to say that it has given me an enjoyable and rewarding lifestyle, an abundance of happy memories and the chance to meet so many delightful people.”
In the early years of Croxton’s tenure Cold Ashby was renowned as a friendly, accessible golf club. It began life as a modest 18-hole facility with a limited clubhouse and expanded over time to 27-holes plus a driving range. The clubhouse was extensively developed to include function space and room for weddings whilst, always at the forefront of innovation, Cold Ashby also diversified its business, offering skiing in the winter months and latterly being an early adopter of both Footgolf and Discgolf.
For decades Cold Ashby was well known for hosting the Cold Ashby Classic (later the Tour Championship) a key event on the PGA’s Midland circuit.
As well as running Cold Ashby, David was Northamptonshire Golf Union President in 1998-2000 and he also spent 6 years on the board of England Golf. For the past 16 years he has been in partnership with his son, Greg, but they have jointly decided to put the business into new ownership.
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