A Grimsby college has bought a successful Lincolnshire golf course which has been developed and operated for the last fourteen years by a local farming family.
Grimsby Institute of Higher and Further Education paid over the guide price of £775,000 for Laceby Manor Golf Club, which was on the market through Savills Regional Leisure Team in Oxford.
Kay Smith of Savills says, “Laceby Manor came onto the market because the previous owners, the Mawer family, wanted to free up funds for other business interests. We had a lot of interest from both existing golf course operators and private entrepreneurs looking for a new challenge.”
The par 72 golf course, designed by Dewar Wishart of the Sports Turf Research Institute, was expanded from nine holes to eighteen in 1996 and, in 2000, a second floor was added to the original single storey clubhouse. The club currently has over 450 members.
Practice facilities, adjoining the centrally-sited clubhouse, include a putting green, chipping area and a 25-metre driving net. Occupying the ground floor of the clubhouse is a golf professional’s shop with adjoining office and workshop, along with changing rooms, a coffee/snack bar area and administrative offices. The first floor, offering excellent views over the course, has a bar and dining area catering for up to 80 guests and an external balcony which can cater for a further 50 people. There is also a second bar with a pool table, a conference room for 30 people, kitchens, office and store room.
Laceby Manor, just under five miles inland from Grimsby, provides a good range of golf hazards, using streams, ponds and drainage ditches to complement the bunkering. Although the landscape is fairly level, extensive tree planting has given a maturing parkland feel, in particular to the northern part of the course.