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Maple Leaf Golf acquires Horton Park

Paul Williams, Joint Administrator and Partner at MCR, has announced the sale of Horton Park Golf & Country Club to Maple Leaf Golf, owner of both the Chichester and Hill Barn Golf Clubs in Sussex.

Maple Leaf Golf acquired Horton Park, which went into Administration in December 2008, after a hotly contested bidding war with a number of serious bids being received by the Administrators.

Peter Townson, who has been running the site on behalf of the Administrators, said: “We are delighted with the outcome. Maple Leaf Golf is an established golf operator with an excellent track record, it was just what this business needs.”

Paul Williams of MCR, commented: “I am delighted with the positive outcome which not only secures the long term future of the course for its members and the community generally, but also secures many local jobs and brings a degree of certainty to the area in such uncertain times.”

“We would like to thank the staff, members and the Council as they have been very supportive throughout the process.”

Maple Leaf Golf acquired Chichester Golf Club, which has two 18 hole courses, a driving range and a Par 3 course, in 1999. In 2003 it acquired Hill Barn Golf Club, the spectacular 1930’s built Hawtree designed course from Worthing Borough Council.

Richard Haygarth, who will be running the new site, said: “We are very excited about Horton Park. It is one of the best courses in the area and fits perfectly with our existing businesses.”

Plans for Horton Park include a new irrigation system for the Par 3 course, a new fleet of green keeping machinery, the return of buggies and a day one purchase of 20,000 range balls. Haygarth added: “It’s a great business with excellent staff that just needs the proper investment.”

Members are also delighted about the new ownership as they will now get the privilege to play the Group’s other three courses in Sussex. Club Secretary, John Prichard said: ”It’s a great outcome for the members who will get a secure golfing future and an even better course.”


July 14, 2009

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