After being put into receivership in August 2010 by its previous owners, High Legh Park Golf Club in Knutsford has been acquired by successful Altrincham-born businessman Andrew Vaughan who has promised to stabilise club finances in the short term and unlock its true potential through investment in the long term.
Andrew, who had moved away from the North West to pursue business interests, is now intent on moving back to the area to take a hands-on approach in developing the Club’s future.
He took over on the 4th January and immediately wrote to members to outline his blueprint for the Club which he sees as a long term project.
Situated not far from the M6 on the A50 Warrington Road, High Legh opened in 1998 and boasts a state-of-the-art clubhouse with first class business and function facilities.
Its challenging 18 hole course – set in historic parkland - was designed by former Ryder Cup Captain Mark James and offers a true test of golfing skills.
Vaughan confirmed: “I am very excited at the prospect of overseeing the long term transformation of this fine golf club. Whilst the Club has undoubtedly suffered from a period of neglect, I believe it has the potential and the facilities which, with the right management and investment, can develop quickly into one of Cheshire’s premier golf venues.”
“It is my intention to invest significantly in the Club and its facilities. The course will see immediate short term investment and, with the help of appointed experts, we will develop and implement a long term Course Development Plan.”
Vaughan has already acknowledged the disruption to members over the last few months with an announcement to keep fees in 2011 at the same price as 2010.
New members are very welcome and will also be rewarded if they pay a full fee on joining before the 1st April 2011 as they will then pay nothing until April 2012. In addition to no joining fee, if they join in January new members will effectively get two months free golf before the April deadline.
Visitors are also welcome to come and play the course or to visit the new Professional Shop and Vaughan is promising to announce a radical new approach to visitors’ greenfee charges which will benefit both members and visitors in the near future.