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Cheltenham's Cleeve Hill Golf Club saved from closure by new team

3 February 2021
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One of the most beautiful golf courses in England which was threatened with closure after Tewkesbury Borough Council decided to end the course's licence next year for financial reasons, has been saved.

Riding to the rescue are Nick Hovey and Sam Foyle who have together established The Cotswold Hub Co, and Nick's company, Mashie Golf, which organisations golfing activities events.

Based in the heart of the Cotswolds, the golf course at Cleeve Hill is ranked in the top 100 English Golf Courses by National Club Golfer, and was designed by Old Tom Morris and later adapted by Dr Alastair Mackenzie. Cleeve’s stunning surroundings resemble some of Scotland’s oldest and finest links courses with views over Cheltenham and out towards the Black Mountains in Wales.

The Cotswold Hub Co, in partnership with Mashie Golf, has taken on a 125-year lease to allow the Club to remain open.

Cleeve Hill Golf Club will continue to be run in its own right. Mashie Golf and The Cotswold Hub Co are keen to provide continuity for Cleeve’s existing members and will ensure the Club thrives by redeveloping the site to provide more facilities for all users of the Hill including lodge accommodation, restaurant and new pro shop with café. Plans also include improving the standards of the golf course to encourage membership growth from the local area, something Nick Hovey, Managing Director of Mashie Golf and Co-Founder of The Cotswold Hub Co feels will be the heartbeat of the club for many years to come.

In addition, Mashie Golf will establish its UK Headquarters at Cleeve, bringing its team and a wealth of golf experience with it. Mashie Golf will further support the Club by opening the course to its own members and bringing additional green fees, corporate clients, and events to the setting.

Nick Hovey said: “This is a really exciting time for Mashie and Cleeve Hill. The golf course is iconic, and to be able to help save such an important venue is very special for us. Equally this is a fantastic opportunity for Mashie Golf, to establish a new HQ at such an historic site is a huge benefit for us and our members.  We look forward to working with The Cotswold Hub Co to develop and deliver first class experiences to the golfing community.”

Sam Foyle, Co-Founder of The Cotswold Hub Co added: “We have brought together the best-in-class local team from architects, hospitality, through to Mashie's Golf’s golf management expertise. We are all deeply passionate about delivering the facilities, golfing experiences and hub, that Cleeve Hill rightly deserves.”

The lease will begin on 1st April 2021.

Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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