Golf: New owners set to invest £500,000 at Wike Ridge

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Leeds-based family property firm, the Parklane Group, are the new owners of the Leeds Golf Centre.

Parklane, who deal with rentals, sales, development and construction and run the Roomzzz Aparthotel chain, paid a significant sum for the north Leeds complex which was bought out of a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) last month.

And they have quickly unveiled ambitious plans for a £500,000 investment in the 143-acre Wike Ridge Golf Club, which already boasts the Donald Steel-designed 18-hole championship course, a unique 12-hole academy par-three track and a floodlit 20-bay driving range.

The changes include a series of design improvements at the Wike Ridge and Oaks courses, including a tree-planting programme, together with further investment in the centre’s teaching facilities at the driving range and golf academy.

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A new professional shop, featuring a bespoke custom fit-out facility, is also on the itinerary.

The club, which was built in 1993 by Robert Bailey and had been up for sale since January 2009, currently has 400 members and Parklane are hoping to build on that figure.

“We recognise what needs to be done to restore the confidence or our existing members and customers,” a spokesperson told the YEP, “but also have a strategy to attract a new audience to the club.

“Having learned to play golf here ourselves almost 10 years ago we are very excited about the potential of the centre.

“With our expertise in development and our passion for golf, our vision is to make Leeds Golf Centre the home of modern golf and a centre for excellence for teaching.

“We want to attract the leading names in the golf industry to Wike Ridge by developing the course, academy and pro shop.

“We will build on the strong foundations that are already in place and invest in developing and improving the course, amenities and facilities for our members and visitors.”

Plans are in hand too to ensure the complex appeals to both the pay and play and corporate markets, but the first tranch of Parklane’s investment is already underway.

“The pro shop redevelopment will be starting in the next couple of weeks and should be fully operational by mid-April,” the spokesperson added.

“We will be looking to start the tree- planting operation this year, though whether it is done this month or November time is yet to be decided.

“The academy side should see major development throughout the year, with more developments on the course next winter to allow a better year-round golf course.

“This year will also see refurbishments around the clubhouse area, including the car park.

“And the first stage of the buggy path improvement scheme is to commence next week to allow buggy use 365 days of the year.”

gary.walker@ypn.co.uk

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