Llong driving is all about power and control and has a huge following of spectators and players. Close House Hotel, owned by north east entrepreneur and founder of Sage, Graham Wylie, will be hosting the European Long Drive Golf Championships.
John Glendinning who heads up the golf team at Close House is delighted that it will bring business and worldwide focus on the region. Players from around Europe will be competing including Joe ‘The Total Package‘ Miller and Adam ‘Stinger‘ Stacey from the UK.
Graham Wylie is currently spending over £7 million pounds on the golf facilities at the hotel including a second golf course and cutting edge glass club house with panoramic views over the Tyne Valley.
The European Long Drive Championships will be held 11th – 13th September. All of Europe‘s best long drivers anticipated to attend including Europe‘s no 1 & 2 from Sweden Mikael Lindblom and Patrik Andersson, the World no 3 in 2005 Adam Stacey and Europe‘s no 1 lady Jessica Wallstrom from Sweden. Also certain to attend will be the unofficial World longest drive record holder, Paul Slater, who smashed a golf ball over 884 yards in 2006!
Neil Hodgson, managing director of Long Drivers of Europe, said, "I am thrilled to be hosting this event at Close House Hotel as our company is based in Stockton on Tees. Close House have by far the best facilities that we have had for any event in Europe and is on a par with the facilities provided at the world finals in Las Vegas. With its flat, smooth grid, spectator facilities and practice area, we anticipate a wonderful final and expect some awesome distances. Everyone will be welcome to come and see the final.”.
Admission is free for the whole family, and the Sunday climax will undoubtedly be something special not witnessed before".
John Glendinning says, “It’s great the North East will play host to a major
European golf event, we are working hard to put Close House on the map as a golfing destination. We have excellent links at Newcastle Airport to the UK and Europe and some of the best facilities in the country. We are all absolutely delighted and can‘t wait for the event to take place.”