Archive for the ‘Golf’ Category

We recently completed applications to the Environment Agency for approval of Waste Recovery Plans on behalf of two golf clubs, working alongside environment consultancy Kalex Ltd. The applications were lodged on behalf of Moor Park Golf Club and West Essex Golf Club. In both cases, the clubs had plans for the improvement and extension of their practice facilities. Both applications were approved.

Slinfold Golf Club


We were retained by the owners of Slinfold Park, a successful golf and spa resort to assist Indigo Planning to prepare an application for planning permission for extensions to the existing golf clubhouse to provide additional treatment rooms, function space and a 70-bed golf lodge. Our remit was to demonstrate the business case for the proposed development which was complemented by the erection of a new golf academy building with additional driving range and training bays. Planning permission was granted in early 2016.

The City Council owns two golf courses and needed to be sure that they were delivering the best possible value in the context of the Council’s objectives. One course is managed via a management contract with a local golf professional; the other via a lease to a private operator.Portsmouth Golf Club Image

Working as part of a team from the Golf Consultants Association, we reviewed the condition of both courses, and their business and operating performance, and advised the Council on future options in regard to: golf course improvements; pricing policy; management structure; performance monitoring; and issues concerning the lease.

We have been helping overseas owners of a golf hotel in Surrey to explore the commercial implications of different development concepts as a basis for future growth. The preferred concept will be one that matches product (spa, golf, outdoor enjoyment of the estate, and accommodation style) and market positioning (family, adult, members only – mid market, up-market, luxury) with anticipated trends in consumer preferences and target markets for the specific location.

With our associates Bridget Baker Consulting, we prepared preliminary financial models to help understand the investment potential of each tested concept, which, when set alongside design ideas and images from the project architect will lead, it is hoped, to a decision by the owners on the preferred way forward.



We worked with Aecom on a Warranted Investment Appraisal of a proposed indoor golf arena in Holland. The design is in the shape of a golf club driver. A hotel, club facilities, retail and dining are located at the shaft end of the driver. Read the rest of this entry »

Leisure businesses have had mixed success in combating the economic recession. Whereas well run businesses in good locations and in the right sectors have maintained reasonable trading levels – the health & fitness sector has proved particularly resilient – others have suffered.

But the problem is not always at the operating unit level. Group finances may be overstretched, which can lead to decisions to offload individual properties that are not mainstream to the group’s core business. Or, creditors may have forced a sale. For buyers with in-house resources, there are good deals to be had, but a thorough understanding of the potential of the target business is essential if poor investments are to be avoided. Read the rest of this entry »


We have helped several local authorities to review the strategic option of putting the management of their golf courses out to the private sector. We have worked alongside other members of the Golf Consultants Association, in particular Mark Smith of Smith Leisure, in order to give a complete turnkey service to our clients. Read the rest of this entry »


We assisted South Bucks District Council to evaluate the business case for the construction of a new golf clubhouse at Farnham Park Golf Course. The alternative would be to repair and refurbish the existing clubhouse. Read the rest of this entry »




We were retained by Golfzon, the world’s biggest producer of golf simulators, to assist the company in their plans to launch their products into the UK market. Read the rest of this entry »

We worked with Bridget Baker Consulting to assess the viability of proposals for a Sports Village in the

Derbyshire Peak District of England.  

The concept takes something from Center Parcs, something from theme parks and something from waterparks. Read the rest of this entry »