FROM a local farming background, the Pytchley Golf Lodge has developed from the only 24-bay driving range in the Kettering area to a successful complex that includes a superb par 34 nine-hole course with a bar and function room, as well as an outdoor practice area and an American Golf superstore that is one of the largest golf retailers in the area.
As the course celebrates 20 years in 2020, the owners are proud to be one of the finest pay and play golf clubs in the county, with a loyal customer base that is founded on the vision to welcome everyone into golf and operate the business based on family values.
One of the key reasons to that success has been the team of staff, some of whom have been there for over ten years and are the face of Pytchley Golf Lodge. The business employs seasonal staff from local high schools that often stay on right through their university years and the team takes great pleasure in seeing them develop towards their chosen careers.
The latest evolution of the business saw major developments in 2012 of a private function room know as The Garden Room with its own bar and terrace area. It has hosted many happy celebrations as well as providing corporate facilities for local businesses. There has also been investment in extending the kitchen, new Srixon range balls and recently upgrading the course machinery.
Faced with weather dependent challenges that are ever present, the greenkeeping staff have been excellent in ensuring playability all year round and continually providing interest on the course with new projects. They have been key in rewilding areas to provide pockets of nature friendly habitats to support the local wildlife.
Emily-Jane Brighton has been working alongside the family for over ten years and has proudly taken up the position of General Manager. She is passionate about growing the business and is making a conscious effort to improve its environmental impact. The owners are very excited by the prospect of her taking the business forward in a new direction that continues those family values and brings sustainability to the fore!
Find out more about Pytchley Golf Lodge by calling 01536 511527 or visit www.pytchleygolflodgekettering.co.uk