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New staff at Littlestone GC

Littlestone Golf Club has made two new appointments to the management team to ensure the club develops a strong commercial strategy for 2015. Sarah Saunders, formally of Chart Hills, has joined as sales and marketing manager and Adrian Simmonds has come from The Buckinghamshire Golf Club as the new food and beverage manager.

Founded in 1888 Littlestone is laid out on naturally undulating land within its own range of sand dunes on Romney Marsh. This stretch of east Kent coastline enjoys a unique microclimate making it one of the driest places in England. Littlestone is a member of the Visit Kent Golf Partners Programme that promotes golf in Kent to golfers nationally and internationally as a golfer’s paradise in the Garden of England.

The course today reflects design input by a host of great course architects. Originally laid out by Laidlaw Purves, the course was ‘tweaked’ by James Braid at the turn of the twentieth century and then modernised in the 1920s by Alister MacKenzie. Following the Second World War, Frank Pennink made a number of bunker modifications whilst Donald Steel and Peter Alliss advised on minor changes in 2000. Throughout its long and distinguished history, the course has hosted many major amateur championships and was chosen as a Final Qualifying Course for The Open Championship 2011.

Sarah Saunders commented, “Speaking on behalf of Adrian and myself, we are extremely excited about our futures and that of the club. The membership and board of directors have made intelligent and proactive decisions about the club’s future and we are determined that Littlestone will thrive as a club and that its Championship Links course will continue to be high on all golfers’ ‘must-play’ list.” More at: www.littlestonegolfclub.org.uk