GOLF: Happy anniversary at Tydd St Giles

Tydd St Giles

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Tydd St Giles Golf & Country Club are celebrating their 21st anniversary.

The fantastic facility has an excellent 18-hole golf course, a leisure complex with swimming pool, sauna, steam room, fitness studio and two-storey gym.

The special milestone was celebrated by 100 golfers in a pairs competition, followed by a barbecue and a performance from local entertainer Peter Jay.

The complex was just a dream 21 years ago and a ploughed field for previous owner Adrian Hurst.

In 1995 the driving range was opened, followed by the first nine holes in 1996.

Hurst and his head greenkeeper at the time, Derek Beba, worked hard to make this first nine holes a great success.

Adrian Hurst and his daughter Jodie with their prestigious Leisure and Tourism award.

Adrian Hurst and his daughter Jodie with their prestigious Leisure and Tourism award.

In 1999 a new clubhouse was built with undercover driving range.

The next year saw the second nine holes take shape and with increasing golf membership, the complex became a great success.

In 2007 planning for the first luxury lodges was approved, and in 2008 the current owners, Pure Leisure Group, came on side to see the first lodges built.

Three years ago a £2m leisure complex was built, making a great facility for their increasing customer base.

Later in 2013 the club won the prestigious Leisure and Tourism Award at the Fenland Business Awards.

Members, visitors and lodge owners have seen the facility grow from strength to strength with the course now looked after by head greenkeeper and scratch golfer Kevin Goude and his team.

Earlier this year Hurst and his daughter Jodie decided to step down and can look back with great pride at what has been achieved.