Did Derby City Council “do the right thing for Derby” by committing £32,000 per year to maintain Allestree Golf Course as parkland when they did not have to?
One bidder met all requirements set by Derby City Council and could have been awarded a lease to operate the course at no cost to the Council, saving £32,000 per year that could be used to pay for worthwhile projects in the city.
Just one thing – Put operation of the course out to tender again
Reopen the golf course to profit from the post lockdown golf boom and undertake a tender process, marketed through appropriate industry channels, where the narrative of this important historic golf course is made available to bidders.
We have no commercial interest in operating the course, we are just a group of golf enthusiasts who caught the bug by playing at Allestree.
We have a PGA Professional in our group and can provide support to Derby City Council to find a suitable partner who will operate it effectively.
Over 25,000 people have signed the petition to save this wonderful Harry S Colt designed golf course. We just want to ensure it is available for future generations and not lost forever.
Why is the history important?
Allestree Park Golf Course was designed in 1929/30 by Harry S Colt, one of the greatest golf course designers of all time.
Colt designed courses are host to the most prestigious golf tournament in the world The Open Championship. He participated in the design or redesign of over 300 golf courses in all six inhabited continents, including those at Wentworth Club, Sunningdale, Muirfield, Royal Portrush, and Royal Liverpool.
With his partner Crump, they designed Pine Valley which is voted as the best course in the world. Allestree Park Golf Course was one of the first where Colt implemented the Country Club concept, which transcended the world.
Allestree park is one of only three of his courses in the world available to the public for anyone to play. We have one in Derby, but it has been closed by Derby City Council.
The impact of the course on the history of the local area is arguably as important as the Grade II* listed Allestree Hall, Derby City Council have discarded it.
How did Derby City Council market the course for tender in 2019?
This history has tremendous commercial value to anyone bidding to operate the course and it has been ignored in the original Derby City Council Expression of Interest process. There is no mention of this rich history in any documents issued by Derby City Council and the course was not marketed through any appropriate channels in the golfing industry.