The Leading Golf Courses of Europe (LGCE), a corporation representing some of the continent’s most distinctive clubs, has gained its first English member, with Stoke Park. The five-star club in Buckinghamshire, has 27 Harry Colt-designed holes of golf and a 49-room five-AA red-star hotel.
The introduction of Stoke Park means LGCE now has 13 member countries, which, in turn, have nearly 40 individual member clubs, including Monte Rei, Turnberry Resort and Thracian Cliffs. LGCE focuses on marketing and communication platforms for certified premium clubs in order to promote awareness throughout Europe. Print and on-line publications – such as the annual Leading Golf Courses Almanach and regular newsletters – serve as reference guides for the demanding golfer, while ‘members only’ travel offers and other advantages help deepen the relationship between the designated golfers and the LGCE member clubs.
With its 100-year-plus history and outstanding facilities the Stoke Poges-based club was an ideal candidate to become the first English member, as Claus Feldt, general manager of LGCE, explained.
“We are all familiar with Stoke Park’s frontage from its inclusion in the classic golf scene in the James Bond film Goldfinger. It is iconic and the rest of the estate is equally as refined – it is the ideal first English member for LGCE and we believe there are a number of similarly luxurious properties in England which would also benefit from membership. Indeed, we are talking with several at the moment.”
Stuart Collier, Stoke Park’s director of golf, added, “We are delighted that we are leading the way in England with our membership of LGCE. The benefits of membership are clear and it is reassuring to know that golfers across Europe are able to determine immediately the quality of our venue simply because we have the stamp of approval from LGCE.” More at: www.leading-golf-europe.com