Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Careful Research Reaches Fruition; Superb Launch for Colt Course

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Careful Research Reaches Fruition; Superb Launch for Colt Course

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WHEN Close House burst on to the national scene in the blaze of TV publicity which followed Lee Westwood and Alan Shearer for the official opening of the Colt Course, it was the climax to years of meticulous planning.

Said golf manager John Glendinning: "I started at Close House seven years ago and, looking back, I would never in a million years have anticipated seeing the world No 1 golfer playing here.

"It was a fantastic day, nothing could have made us prouder than to see Lee Westwood playing the Colt with that big crowd following him and the cameras following them.

We always thought we were going to create something special here, but it has turned out far better than any of us could have imagined."

Three years of planning applications for the Colt and then two years to build is just part of the story.

Glendinning and director Alan Graham toured England and Scotland picking the best brains they could.

Glendinning said: "We set out not to copy them but to form a platform to make ourselves unique. Our new members have been playing the Colt for around a week now and the biggest point among all the initial feedback we have been getting is that the course is not too hard.

"Hopefully, our members will want to come back week after week and not feel they are being punished."

It's been a grand tour of golf for Graham and Glendinning, who added: "We went to Celtic Manor, The Grove, Gleneagles, the SOMETHING SPECIAL John Glendinning at Close House, above, where Alan Shearer, left, was among the guests for the official opening of the Colt Course St Andrews Bay and Castle courses, Wentworth, Sunningdale, Castle Stuart - the new course in Inverness, Kingsbairns, Gullane, and North Berwick.

"The Grove was a big one we picked from purely because the style of course was inland parkland with a similar sort of style to how the Colt Course has now evolved. The Grove is one of the best conditioned golf courses I have ever seen. It was in the middle of the summer and looking at how well they presented the course made us realise what we had to aspire to, to be in the same class as any of these top courses. …

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