Yorkshire club behind world's oldest professional golf trophy gains new owners

Jobs have been saved after a famous Yorkshire golf club gained new owners.

Lee Lockwood, partner at Begbies Traynor Group
Lee Lockwood, partner at Begbies Traynor Group

Following a period of "accelerated marketing" on behalf of the management of Leeds Golf Club, Begbies Traynor, has completed the sale of the business and assets of the club to Leeds Golf Club 1896 Limited, saving all 10 jobs at the club.

Based on Elmete Lane in Roundhay, the 18-hole golf course is set in 90 acres and has an Edwardian club house.

Dating back to 1896, it is the oldest golf club in Leeds and is also home to the Leeds Cup, the oldest trophy in professional golf worldwide. It has almost 400 members.

Leeds Golf Club

In a statement, Begbies said: "Following a period of difficult trading due to tough economic conditions, Leeds Golf Club appointed Begbies Traynor to carry out an accelerated marketing process.

"Begbies Traynor was able to complete a sale of the business with all 10 employees transferring to the purchaser. Leeds Golf Club 1896 is owned and operated by Kirk Andrews who has a successful track record in the leisure and hospitality industry."

Lee Lockwood, partner at Begbies Traynor Group, said: “It’s great news for the staff and members that this historic club has been saved and is now in such experienced hands. Fortunately, we were able to find a buyer that intends to invest in the club, enabling golf to continue to be played here after almost 125 years. We wish it well for the future.”

Begbies Traynor was advised by Victoria Procter and Helen Conway of Eversheds and the buyer was advised by David Sparke of Polestar Asset Management as well as Richard Bellamy and Lemi McAuley of Shoosmiths.

Editor’s note: first and foremost - and rarely have I written down these words with more sincerity - I hope this finds you well.

Almost certainly you are here because you value the quality and the integrity of the journalism produced by The Yorkshire Post’s journalists - almost all of which live alongside you in Yorkshire, spending the wages they earn with Yorkshire businesses - who last year took this title to the industry watchdog’s Most Trusted Newspaper in Britain accolade.

And that is why I must make an urgent request of you: as advertising revenue declines, your support becomes evermore crucial to the maintenance of the journalistic standards expected of The Yorkshire Post. If you can, safely, please buy a paper or take up a subscription. We want to continue to make you proud of Yorkshire’s National Newspaper but we are going to need your help.

Postal subscription copies can be ordered by calling 0330 4030066 or by emailing [email protected] Vouchers, to be exchanged at retail sales outlets - our newsagents need you, too - can be subscribed to by contacting subscriptions on 0330 1235950 or by visiting www.localsubsplus.co.uk where you should select The Yorkshire Post from the list of titles available.

If you want to help right now, download our tablet app from the App / Play Stores. Every contribution you make helps to provide this county with the best regional journalism in the country.

Sincerely. Thank you.

James Mitchinson