Barnehurst Golf Club Reopens After American Golf Investment
American Golf has opened its first municipal golf site at Barnehurst Golf Club, in Bexleyheath, London
Barnehurst Golf Course closed down last March with local reports stating that it was one of the few golf venues not to benefit from the Covid-19 pandemic.
American Golf announced earlier this year that it would take on the club. With significant investment the site includes a flagship Justin Rose Academy, 15-bay Toptracer driving range, 9-hole golf course, a 44-seat lounge and restaurant and an outdoor terrace. A state-of-the-art retail space with custom fit technology is planned for later this year.
As part of its commitment to bringing new people into golf, 1,000 free ‘get into golf’ lessons will be distributed via the community, in schools, to uniform groups and via the academy with ladies, family and junior ‘get into golf’ lessons. Local schools have already secured 350 lessons.
Gary Favell, CEO for International Leisure Group and American Golf, said: “This is our first of hopefully many acquisitions that bring golf back into the heart of communities. We have seen an overwhelming amount of support from Bexleyheath and have worked with the council to make sure we are respectful of all people who wish to enjoy the site as well as implementing an ecology plan too. Our team at Barnehurst Golf Club will help make the sport accessible to everyone in the community, epitomising our vision to make golf available for all.”
Cllr Teresa O’Neill, leader of the London Borough of Bexley, who took part in the official opening ceremony, said: “I’m delighted that American Golf decided to invest in our great borough. The new facilities are already shaping up to be extremely popular with experienced and new golfers. I know the team are working with groups and schools to get our younger residents interested in the sport. I’m sure it is going to be great asset to local people of all ages. I wish American Golf every success with their exciting and ambitious plans.”
The move extends the brand’s vision to ‘make golf accessible to all and champion the proven physical and mental health benefits of the sport’.