JCB’s golf course plans in full swing

JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald in front of the ruins of Woodseat Hall, location of the new JCB Golf course-2

PLANS for a new £30 million golf course to help JCB boost sales and build global awareness of its brand have today been given the green light. 

The proposals are for a spectacular 18-hole championship golf course centre on 240 acres of rolling countryside to the south of its World HQ at Rocester. 

Today members of East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Planning Applications Committee unanimously approved the scheme. Now tenders will be invited tomorrow for phase one of the project, which will involve earthmoving works and initial landscaping. 

It is planned to start initial works in the Autumn and after a planned suspension during the winter months, earthmoving and landscaping will recommence in 2015. Play will start on the course in 2018, when it is expected that up to 100 people will be employed in grounds care and hospitality roles.   

The course will be designed by European Golf Design – the golf course design company of IMG and the European Tour – best known for the 2010 course at Celtic Manor in Wales, host of the 2010 Ryder Cup. It will be built to tour-quality standard and could potentially host a major tour event, attracting competitors and spectators from all over the world. 

The golf course will be the biggest marketing tool available to JCB in its history, helping grow sales and create jobs. If the course were to host a major tournament, the television coverage would help put the JCB brand firmly on the world stage.

The new golf course will be made available mainly to JCB’s network of 770 global dealers. It will be used to drive business growth, helping to build relationships with new customers and strengthen relationships with existing customers. Upon completion, golf days will become a feature of the wider JCB visitor experience, which already includes factory visits, the ‘Story of JCB’ exhibition and machine demonstrations.