Former Pro Returns to Manage Beauport

It didn’t take too long after all. We reported in these columns two weeks ago that the disastrous tenure of Chris and Kellie Hawes at the Beauport Park golf club (briefly re-branded as Hastings & St Leonards GC) had ended with the precipitate abandonment of their lease, and wondered what the future held for the club and the course. Now freeholder John Summers, trading through a company Frontline & Revolver, has signed what he has described as a ‘management contract’ with Hyder Golf Management (HGM), for immediate supervision of the golf club and its facilities as from 1st September.

Roger Hyder, the Managing Director of HGM, has lived locally for over 30 years and  made golf his life. As a youth he turned professional with Seaford Golf Club, then worked as assistant professional at Beauport Park for five years in the 1980s, before going on to a successful career in golf management at Chart Hills (Sir Nick Faldo’s prestigious course in Kent), then at Old Thorns in Hampshire and at Foxhills in Surrey. More recently, he has freed himself from day-to-day club management to offer more wide-ranging consultancy services to clubs in need. He looks like the perfect fit to address the Hastings club’s current predicament.

Mr Summers issued a press release last Friday stating that Frontline & Revolver have “decided to bring forward our development plans….Working with our property development partners Terrapura [another of his companies] and HGM, we will be  looking to create something very unique which will attract people from outside the immediate locality to come and stay and enjoy the leisure facilities. We want to provide a fantastic addition to the area which will create jobs and bring money and tourism into our county”.

He added: “Following the uncertainty of the last few years, we want to ensure that the members understand that they are an important part of our future plans, and this is why the appointment of HGM is for us a bold statement about our future intentions.”

The current clubhouse will be closed for the foreseeable future, and a small café will be installed in what is currently the golf shop and driving range. Plans for a new clubhouse and golf facilities are intended to be presented to the planners soon.

Mr Hyder is quoted as saying: “We are very grateful for the opportunity to work with the partners Frontline & Revolver and helping them realise their exciting plans for the future, and obviously Beauport is a club that is close to my heart. It will take time over this winter to get the club back up and running to a standard its members and general customer base would expect, but there is a tremendous amount of goodwill out there with a lot of people wanting to see the club succeed.”

HGM will take over the operation as from 1st September and the range will reopen its doors the same day.

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