Tony Jacklin golf club to create 70 new jobs

By Alistair November 9, 2014 07:23 Updated

A Buckinghamshire golf club with a link to Tony Jacklin is to aggressively expand its business by the end of this year, including providing a hotel, which will result in 70 new jobs.

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Magnolia Park Golf & Country Club is replacing its existing nine-hole course with a par three facility designed by Tony Jacklin, and it is building a fitness centre and spa, an air conditioned gym and aerobics studio, a swimming pool and spa treatment rooms.

The club has also submitted planning permission to build a number of two and four bedroom lodges.

At the heart of the major redevelopment is the 30-room Best Western hotel, which is scheduled for completion later this year.

The club is also to become the base for the new Tony Jacklin Golf Academy, which will host the qualifying rounds of the ISGA Schools Cup of Great Britain, an inter school competition for young single handicap golfers.

The venue, which this summer introduced a flexible membership category and markets itself as a wedding location, is thought to be one of the leading golf clubs in the UK when it comes to investing in new revenue streams this year.

A spokesman said: “We are delighted to announce that Magnolia Park have signed an agreement to work with two-time major winner Tony Jacklin CBE.

“As the most successful European Ryder Cup captain of all time, Tony has been involved in some of golf’s most iconic moments and we are proud that he has seen our plans for the future of Magnolia Park and is very excited to be involved.

“Tony will lend his golf course architecture eye to the new Magnolia Park Golf and Country Club par three championship course as well as the driving range and academy facilities, offering his professional advice and assistance to all the team involved in a bid to make Magnolia Park a real golfing destination.”

Magnolia Park’s owner Alan Pither added: “I am excited about the opportunity to work with a golfing icon such as Tony Jacklin who I think will be a great asset to Magnolia Park throughout the relationship.”

On the signing of the agreement Tony commented: “I have been an advocate of par three golf for many years which is why I am the ambassador for the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championships, I believe it is the future for golf.

“Alan and the team at Magnolia Park have a great vision for the future and want to provide its members with the best golfing facilities, and for me to join that team is a privilege. I can’t wait to get started.”


By Alistair November 9, 2014 07:23 Updated

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