English Golf Courses

'New range is best in country'

Aston Wood owner unveils state-of-the-art facility equipped with all the latest technology

ASTON WOOD Golf Course  owner Colin Crawshaw believes he has created ‘one of the best driving ranges in the country’ after unveiling the facility’s new  state-of-the-art driving range.

Crawshaw, who is a former butcher, bought the Sutton Coldfield course for £2m at the end of 2012 and has since invested £2.5m in course improvements, a new function suite, gymnasium, car parking facilities and a 14-bay driving range with the very latest golf coaching equipment.

“I can confidently say this is one of the best driving ranges, not just in the Midlands, but in the whole country,” sad the 56-year-old who started working in his dad’s butcher shop as a teenager.

From there, Crawshaw built up a chain of 15 butcher shops in and around the loacal area before investors offered him a considerable sum of money for a major stake in the Crawshaw Group butchery business.

He then says he found himself ‘a wealthy man with time on his hands’ and needed to find a new project. That’s when he spotted a golf club for sale on the outskirts of Birmingham and decided that was where he wanted to channel his efforts. He is now keen for Aston Wood to become one of the region’s best courses.


“In the early years, the course had a reputation for flooding but many of the drainage issues have now been tackled and I am working to keep improving the course as much as I can, year after year,” he revealed.

“I have really taken to this area and the people here. It is a friendly club with fantastic potential. I think the new range will attract people from miles around  and be a great asset to members and visitors alike.

“I think a lot more women would love to take up golf but aren’t sure how to get started. Golf is no longer the preserve of the middle class male - it is for everyone and I want to make it easier for people to get involved and enjoy the sport.”

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