English Golf Courses

Yorkshire venue snapped up as golf’s popularity continues to soar post-lockdown

Two entrepreneurs from Cheshire have purchased a Donald Steel-designed 18-hole golf course in Yorkshire as well as another nearby golf facility.

Departing owners say club is ‘well placed’ for buyers to take it forward.

Two entrepreneurs from Cheshire have purchased a Donald Steel-designed 18-hole golf course in Yorkshire as well as another nearby golf facility.

Jonathan and Lynn Spencer have bought the 39-year-old Boothferry Golf Club together with the adjacent Howden Footgolf and Driving Range, which includes a nine-hole course.

The sale, for an undisclosed sum, was conducted on behalf of the owners who acquired the businesses from East Riding of Yorkshire Council in 2005.

Boothferry Golf Club was developed by the former Boothferry Borough Council on land that had, in the early 1920s, been the site of the development of the ill-fated R38 airship, and in the late 1920s the construction by Barnes Wallis of the R100 airship.

Opened in 1982, the par-73 course extends to 6,651 yards. The adjacent former ‘Eagles’ centre comprises a 20-bay driving range, a nine-hole par-30 course and two Footgolf courses.

The now former owner, Chris Mowforth, said: “Last year was a phenomenally busy one for the golf club and it has been great to see so many people playing, as well as new members taking up golf at Boothferry, so I feel the club is really well placed for Jonathan and Lynn to take it forward.”

A spokesman for the agent, Christie & Co, added: “Boothferry Golf Club has a good reputation in the area and the various treatments and drainage facilities Chris and the team have implemented over the years mean that temporary tees and winter greens rarely have to be used, something the membership appreciates.”

Since outdoor activities, of which golf was one, were allowed to resume in June last year, the club has seen a surge in interest and new members.

“The golfing sector has benefitted from the national coronavirus lockdowns and, thankfully, golf has been one of the first activities allowed to re-open following the easing of lockdown restrictions,” added the spokesman.

 

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