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25 April, 2022 - 12:03 By Tony Quested

Kingsway Golf Centre acquires Cambridge Lakes

The family-owned Kingsway Golf Centre in Melbourn has acquired the Cambridge Lakes golf course in Trumpington Road. No figures have been disclosed for the deal.

Kingsway Golf Centre benefited from an investment of more than £1 million during the Covid pandemic with the launch of Jurassic Links adventure golf, an upgrade to the driving range and the introduction of the Jamaica Blue café brand in a refurbished clubhouse.

The takeover of Cambridge Lakes is Kingsway’s latest investment in healthy entertainment and sport for families in the region. 

As households face a significant impact from the cost-of-living crisis, many are unable to travel or afford holidays due to the rising cost of fuel. Now more than ever they need access to family-friendly services on their doorstep.

Kingsway’s Julian Dell, says: “Kingsway Golf Centre in Melbourn has gone from strength to strength and we are delighted to be welcoming more families, groups and golfers than ever before. 

“The investment in Cambridge Lakes is important to our key goal as a business, to provide the best quality entertainment and leisure services in this region. 

“Bob Barnes, who is standing down to retire, has developed a beautiful and popular centre and we are excited to continue this legacy going forward.”

Cambridge Lakes, with its central Cambridge location, will remain a focal point for junior, amateur, and new golfers. 

The Kingsway team will increase PGA professional expertise on-site and introduce junior golf academies and beginner groups as a priority; these have already been introduced at the Melbourn centre. 

Whilst the centres commit to fun, family-friendly entertainment, there is also a serious health message involved. Golf is enjoying a resurgence of interest. This has seen adventure golf, footgolf and pitch and putt services grow over recent years as families seek healthy, outdoor and cost-effective activities for their children.

Julian Dell adds: “Cambridge Lakes offers the unusual benefit of not only being an open space sports centre in its own right but also is very centrally located and easily accessible for those who live locally. 

“Cycle routes to the course are actively used and provide a further health benefit for families whilst also reducing the need to travel by car to take part in activities like golf.”

The new owners intend to continue investing in Cambridge Lakes in the long term to further modernise facilities.

Cambridge Lakes has remained open throughout the takeover.

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