Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Refurbishment work includes upgrading bedrooms, opening a contemporary new brasserie and bar, the launch of a new website www.lethamgrangegolf.co.uk and improving the drainage on the resort's two courses - the Old and Glens.
Jamie Le Friec, general manager at Letham Grange, said: "I am absolutely delighted to be involved in this project. My background is in developing resorts to their full potential and, with the quality of accommodation and golf that we have here, we are set for a bright future.
"We are in the middle of phase one of our refurbishment work, and exciting building development plans are under consideration at the moment which will concentrate on hotel and alternative leisure pursuits to broaden the country house, golf and leisure experience on the estate."
Letham Grange was originally an early Victorian mansion house but was converted into a golf resort at the start of the 1990s.
All 19 bedrooms in the main house are being refurbished over the winter while the new Grange Brasserie and Bar offers a choice of a la carte, two or three-course menus with sweeping views of the estate.On the course, money is being spent on irrigation, tree surgery and improving the bunkering to make the two courses playable all-year round, while further expenditure is planned in the New Year to introduce a new fleet of grass-cutting equipment for the greenkeeping staff.
And a significant new feature of Letham Grange is the new interactive website which gives visitors the chance to check room availability and book online, as well as discover what else the resort can cater for including weddings, meetings and conferences and parties and entertainment. The 6,632-yard Old Course at Letham Grange, designed by Donald Steel in 1987, has been referred to as 'the Augusta of the North', features water on 13 of the 18 holes and includes its very own 'Amen Corner' around the turn.The Glens Course at Letham Grange opened four years later and while, at 5,276 yards, the par-65 lay-out is not as tough or punishing as its older brother, it offers its own series of challenges including the testing final four holes.Mr Le Friec added: "The owners are certainly committed to the long term development of Letham Grange and, with the continued support of the membership, who have been very supportive of what is a period of significant change, I am convinced that we are laying the foundation stones to reflect what is deserved by this magnificent location."For more information about Letham Grange and its latest golf and hotel offers, go to www.lethamgrangegolf.co.uk or phone 01241 890373.
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