TROON GOLF TO MANAGE ASTBURY HALL IN SHROPSHIRE, ENGLAND

Posted on July 22, 2010

Unique golf course designed by world renowned heavy metal guitarist
adds to Troon Golf's growing portfolio of top UK courses



Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to announce it has been selected to manage golf operations at Astbury Hall in Shropshire, England. Joining an impressive UK portfolio including Prince's Golf Club, Turnberry Resort and The Grove, Astbury Hall has a distinctive story behind its development as the brain child of Lead Guitarist of critically acclaimed Heavy Metal band, Judas Priest, K.K.Downing.

Sitting on 350 acres of traditional English countryside in the heart of Shropshire, the course opened nine holes to the general public earlier this year and plans to open the remaining nine in mid-September 2010. Astbury Hall will complete K.K. Downing's first-ever course design. Combining natural features, tactically placed bunkers and beautifully manicured playing surfaces that have been subtly contoured to USGA standards, the course is aimed at testing golfers of all ability.

"This is one of the great stories in golf. It not only highlights K.K. Downing's extraordinary achievement in personally designing such a remarkable course, but it captures the very essence of golf's universal appeal. We are delighted to have been selected to take on such a unique and character filled property and marks another significant milestone for Troon Golf's growing UK presence," commented Bruce Glasco, Managing Director Troon Golf Europe, Middle East & Africa.

Downing is regarded as a true icon in the music industry. The Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band, Judas Priest, secured a series of global music hits and not surprisingly, Astbury Hall has already caught the attention of the media. As awareness of the property grows and the course and accommodation establish themselves further, interest is expected from far and wide.

"Astbury Hall has been born from my experiences on golf courses from around the World. I am fortunate enough to have played some of the finest the world has to offer and I feel privileged to have been able to create a property that encompasses all my cherished experiences," commented K.K.Downing. "I have been lucky to work in two industries that have allowed me to be so creative, especially golf course architecture, which has enabled the visions in my head to be transformed beautifully into a reality."

Astbury Hall will also boast a series of exclusive lodges and barn conversions in several different designs that will enhance its appeal. With the highest standards set for customer service and quality throughout its amenities, coupled with the idyllic setting, Astbury Hall is well on its way to becoming one of the most highly regarded leisure attractions in the UK.

For more information on Astbury Hall visit www.AstburyHall.co.uk

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Troon Golf EMEA is committed to developing Troon Golf's presence in Europe, Middle East and Africa. This rapidly expanding division now oversees operations at 36 courses in 12 countries including Dubai, Portugal, Spain and England with further expansion planned across all regions.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon Golf is the world's largest golf management company, overseeing operations at properties located in 31 states and 26 countries. Additionally, 39 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany, Italy; Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland; Classic Club, Palm Desert, Calif; Brookwater Golf Club, Queensland, Australia; Mazagan Beach Golf Resort, El Jadida, Morocco; La Quinta Golf & Country Club, Marbella, Spain; and The Grove, London, England.

For additional news and information visit the Troon Golf Blog, become a Fan on Facebook, follow Troon Golf on Twitter, or subscribe to Troon Golf's YouTube Channel .

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Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to announce it has been selected to manage golf operations at Astbury Hall in Shropshire, England. Joining an impressive UK portfolio including Prince's Golf Club, Turnberry Resort and The Grove, Astbury Hall has a distinctive story behind its development as the brain child of Lead Guitarist of critically acclaimed Heavy Metal band, Judas Priest, K.K.Downing.

Sitting on 350 acres of traditional English countryside in the heart of Shropshire, the course opened nine holes to the general public earlier this year and plans to open the remaining nine in mid-September 2010. Astbury Hall will complete K.K. Downing's first-ever course design. Combining natural features, tactically placed bunkers and beautifully manicured playing surfaces that have been subtly contoured to USGA standards, the course is aimed at testing golfers of all ability.

"This is one of the great stories in golf. It not only highlights K.K. Downing's extraordinary achievement in personally designing such a remarkable course, but it captures the very essence of golf's universal appeal. We are delighted to have been selected to take on such a unique and character filled property and marks another significant milestone for Troon Golf's growing UK presence," commented Bruce Glasco, Managing Director Troon Golf Europe, Middle East & Africa.

Downing is regarded as a true icon in the music industry. The Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band, Judas Priest, secured a series of global music hits and not surprisingly, Astbury Hall has already caught the attention of the media. As awareness of the property grows and the course and accommodation establish themselves further, interest is expected from far and wide.

"Astbury Hall has been born from my experiences on golf courses from around the World. I am fortunate enough to have played some of the finest the world has to offer and I feel privileged to have been able to create a property that encompasses all my cherished experiences," commented K.K.Downing. "I have been lucky to work in two industries that have allowed me to be so creative, especially golf course architecture, which has enabled the visions in my head to be transformed beautifully into a reality."

Astbury Hall will also boast a series of exclusive lodges and barn conversions in several different designs that will enhance its appeal. With the highest standards set for customer service and quality throughout its amenities, coupled with the idyllic setting, Astbury Hall is well on its way to becoming one of the most highly regarded leisure attractions in the UK.

For more information on Astbury Hall visit www.AstburyHall.co.uk

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Troon Golf EMEA is committed to developing Troon Golf's presence in Europe, Middle East and Africa. This rapidly expanding division now oversees operations at 36 courses in 12 countries including Dubai, Portugal, Spain and England with further expansion planned across all regions.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon Golf is the world's largest golf management company, overseeing operations at properties located in 31 states and 26 countries. Additionally, 39 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany, Italy; Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland; Classic Club, Palm Desert, Calif; Brookwater Golf Club, Queensland, Australia; Mazagan Beach Golf Resort, El Jadida, Morocco; La Quinta Golf & Country Club, Marbella, Spain; and The Grove, London, England.

For additional news and information visit the Troon Golf Blog, become a Fan on Facebook, follow Troon Golf on Twitter, or subscribe to Troon Golf's YouTube Channel .

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