The success of Tony Jacklin in the 1969 Open popularised the game of golf to the nation. Michael had the vision to see the demand and took a big risk in investing his savings in the venture, especially as all his golfing pals said it would never work.
The adventure continued, another course was built in 1980. Then 15 hotel rooms were built in 1983. When Michael finally retired in 1988, Matthew was concerned by the Royal & Ancient’s report for the demand for 700 golf courses in the UK, so diversification was a priority. After intensive research in the USA, Matthew took on a major development of the club house into a country club complex with indoor pool, health club and function rooms. This opened in 1992. Nine hotel rooms were added in 2002 and seven, two bedroom holiday lodges were built in 2007.