“It’s the Loch Lomond experience — that’s why people join. That’s what they want. The golf course is massively important, but they want service, they want quality. We’ve made it more of an experience, and that has turned the finances around.”
“The whole thing has been completely renovated. I mean we stripped everything back to just the trees, so just the routing basically. We’ve taken out 29 bunkers, three lakes, two streams and 18 hectares of turf and replaced the turf with mulch. When you play it, it’s not the same golf course. It’s the same routing for sure, and you’ll probably still recognise the holes, but it’s a different golf course.”
“I was 34 when I started at Woburn and I sometimes look back and think they must’ve taken quite a gamble on a young person who might not have had the big names in his portfolio that maybe some of the others applying for the role had.”
“I first got involved with The QHotels Group last autumn when I was asked to look at investment around growth strategy opportunities within golf, leisure and spa. A lot of my work within the first six months involved putting together a three-year investment plan centred around the golf product, the investment into course machinery and the investment into our golf courses.”
“Inheriting a golf course with almost no grass on the fairways was obviously a massive problem, so we set about creating a full-scale renovation plan to redevelop Chart Hills into the internationally recognised golf venue that it should be. 17 of the 18 holes needed to be totally renovated.”
Amendoeira Golf Resort is set within an area of outstanding natural beauty. The idyllic setting is criss-crossed with a number of scenic jogging paths, which weave through its exceptional landscaped gardens.