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Golfbreaks, the market leader in global golf travel, has appointed GMS as its marketing agency, effective immediately, as the golf tourism sector braces itself to bounce back with a bang in 2022.   Having previously worked together, Golfbreaks has selected GMS to assist with multi-channel content creation, marketing consultancy, and improving awareness of brand partnerships, as well as utilising the agency’s best-in-class consumer database.   While the pandemic has caused major disruption to the international tourism industry as a whole, Golfbreaks has seen its...

Visit Kent, the official destination management organisation responsible for supporting and growing tourism in Kent, has appointed GMS as its marketing agency for an upcoming campaign focussed on The 149th Open. With the domestic golf tourism sector experiencing unprecedented demand, Visit Kent through its dedicated ‘Golf in Kent’ partnership, is looking to use the staging of Europe’s most significant golf event to amplify the breadth of offering in the area, and ultimately bring more visitors to one of England’s most spectacular...

Essendon Country Club, Hertfordshire, is today announcing plans to restructure its golf agronomy department, bringing in best-in-class personnel to help establish the club’s desired position as one of the Southeast of England’s premier golf venues. As part of the restructure, Craig Gibson will be stepping into a new role as Estates Manager, tasked with overseeing health and safety, course spraying programmes, estate security, and management policies around the club. Marc Winnan, who has previously worked in senior greenkeeping positions at The Grove,...

Burhill Group Limited (BGL), owner and operator of 22 golf courses across 10 UK golf clubs, as well as 10 Adventure Leisure facilities, has become an official licensed operator of two of ITV’s Ninja Warrior UK Adventure Parks in England, as of 17th May. The appointment sees BGL and Adventure Leisure take over operations at the Ninja Warrior UK venue in Sheffield, as well as the brand-new facility in Southampton, with an agreement in principle already in place to develop three...

Two-time host venue of the European Tour’s British Masters, and home to two Lee Westwood championship courses, Close House is celebrating the 10th anniversary since the club was first opened in 2011. Situated in the North East of England, only 15 miles from Newcastle, the venue has enjoyed a rapid rise in stature since its construction and has hosted numerous high-profile events, including last year’s British Masters – the first European Tour event to take place following the initial COVID-19 lockdown. “We...

Chart Hills Golf Club will be officially relaunching on 1st June, 2021, following an intensive year-long redevelopment. Led by Director of Golf, Anthony Tarchetti, and Course Manager, Neil Lowther, the club has been subject to a total property renovation. Ramac Holdings (also owners of Prince’s Golf Club in Sandwich) purchased Chart Hills in December 2019, with a significant task in front of them as they looked to restore a golf course that had suffered for some years.  The result is the restoration...

Burhill Group Limited (BGL), owners and operators of 22 golf courses across 10 UK golf clubs, as well as 10 Adventure Leisure facilities, has ranked in 7th place in the 22nd annual Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100 awards. The full listing was published yesterday within the Business section, on the tablet edition, and on the Fast Track website. The Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100 is an annual league table published by the Sunday Times newspaper. It ranks Britain’s 100...

Reigning Race to Dubai champion Lee Westwood, who has recently returned to the top-20 in the world golf rankings, has extended his relationship with Close House as their Official Touring Professional.  A 25-time European Tour winner, Westwood opened Close House’s Colt Course in 2011 and has been a pivotal member of the club throughout its ten-year existence. “We are honoured to have Lee representing Close House on the global stage,” commented Sir Graham Wylie, owner of Close House. “It makes everyone at...

Prince’s Golf Club, host of the 1932 Open Championship, has announced the completion of a further stage of developments across the 27-hole facility, once again under the stewardship of renowned golf course architects McKenzie & Ebert. Concentrating primarily on further improvements to key holes on the Himalayas and Shore nines, the works started in November 2020 and will be finalised by the time the club reopens on March 29th, 2021. Central elements of the programme include the establishment of a surrounding dune...

The Nairn Golf Club is giving UK golfers the opportunity to book a break with confidence this year with the introduction of a specially reduced fourball rate on the historic club’s newly renovated Championship Course. Renowned as a true test of Scottish links golf and located close to Inverness, Nairn has undergone a major two-year course redevelopment that has elevated its already lofty reputation as one of the best courses in the country. And golfers can now enjoy the full ‘Nairn...