The new owners at Sunningdale Heath Golf Club have pledged to revitalise one of golf’s most intriguing and historic venues.
A new consortium led by PGA Professionals Kristian Baker and Tom Reid put a takeover proposal to the members – and won a landslide victory in the subsequent vote.
The new owners have immediately set about implementing their plans, including a new all-inclusive family membership, a more focused approach on the social side of life at the club and the introduction of an international-class outdoor golf academy.
Architects have discussed plans for upgrading the golf course, and an agronomist started work in January to help produce the club’s best-ever playing surfaces by summer 2020.
“Our target is to become known as the epitome of how golf clubs need to be in the future, with the best short golf course in the world” said Tom Reid, who was senior teaching professional at five-star venue Stoke Park immediately prior to his arrival at Sunningdale Heath.
“But we also aim to carve a reputation as being one of golf’s most inclusive places, as well as being known for our amazing training facilities” he said. “People can play here whether or not they are a member, and as soon as we took over we lost no time in taking steps to boost the number of youngsters who play here. Sunningdale Heath is already well-established as one of the UK’s key venues for Schools golf.”
Co-owner, Kristian Baker, added: “Because of the nature of our golf course, you can start a company golf day at Sunningdale Heath at 4pm, have a full event, and still be home by 10pm. You can still do a day’s work, and have a golf day too.
“We are the only true 18-hole venue in the UK which can say that.”