Kendal's Carus Green Golf Club to create new jobs as part of £2m expansion (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Kendal's Carus Green Golf Club to create new jobs as part of £2m expansion
A THRIVING South Lakeland business has announced its second multi-milliion pound investment in just two years.
The owners of Kendal’s Carus Green Golf Club, who opened a £1.5million clubhouse in 2011, have revealed they will be investing a further £2million at the site in the coming months.
The latest plans include a golf leisure centre and academy, 18 new greens, a computerised irrigation system and machinery unit.
It is expected the leisure centre – to be named the Gary Wolstenholme Short Game Academy, after the club’s resident professional – will create six jobs.
This is on top of the 10 the clubhouse has already created.
Owner Graham Curtin said: “We’ve just completed some houses and a new clubhouse here, which has been open for about a year.
“It also has a restaurant and function suite which has been hugely successful.
“Now we’re going a step on from that and continue to invest on site, with three different ideas and routes.”
He explained that the first of these would be installation of the new greens, ten of which will be completed by April.
The final eight will be unveiled in spring 2014 and all will include computerised irrigation.
Work has now begun to install the greens, at a cost of £25,000 each.
The second phase of the plan will be the machinery and golf course unit, subject to planning permission.
The third will be the indoor golf and leisure centre, also to be approved by planners, which will include chipping and practice areas along with simulators for every course in the world.
“This is a very exciting project,” said Mr Curtin.
“I’ve taken on a new partner, Maurice Cotter, and it’s because of him that a lot of this investment has come.”
He has also gone into business with builder Jason Horner, who will oversee the project as it unfolds.
The clubhouse, also built by Mr Horner’s staff, opened in November 2011, prompting around 100 new members to join the club.
It has since won a design award after being nominated by South Lakeland District Council.
Mr Curtin explained that it won the Local Authorities’ Building Control Award for the North of England in October last year.