St Mellion’s new Resort General Manager, Tim Howell, is putting the award-winning venue’s classic golfing heritage at the heart of his plans.
The 53 year old leisure industry expert arrives in Cornwall after a series of high-profile roles including a period as Chief Executive of the Liberty Stadium, home to Premier League football club Swansea City and Guinness PRO12 rugby union team Ospreys.
“St Mellion is first and foremost a golf resort, where superb facilities are matched by first-class hospitality and service,” said Howell. “My primary focus will be to work with the wonderful team here to ensure that our loyal members and the guests who visit us from around the world enjoy the best experience that the South West can offer.”
In 2018, the Nicklaus Signature Course will celebrate thirty years since a dream fourball – Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Nick Faldo and Sandy Lyle – formally opened the course in a challenge match (which the British won).
On its 21st anniversary in 2009, Golf World magazine voted The Nicklaus into its coveted Britain’s Top 100 Golf Courses list, and Jack Nicklaus himself wrote a personal letter to St Mellion members, saying: “I am very proud of what we were able to create at St Mellion. Hole for hole it is a great golf course and a very strong test of golf.”
“We have already started planning next year’s 30th anniversary of the Nicklaus course,” said Howell, who began his new role at St Mellion in mid-March, “but before then I have plenty to learn about our other 18-hole championship course, The Kernow, plus our AA 4-Star hotel, our day spa, our health and fitness club, our restaurants and of course our members and staff, who breathe life into the resort each day.”