Golf club and hotel complex sold to private investor

Horsley Lodge

Horsley Lodge Golf Club, the Derbyshire complex which includes a golf course, country hotels and wedding venues, has been sold after 34 years in private family ownership.

The club opened in 1990 and the 160-acre site has earned a reputation as one of the region’s leading golf courses, originally built to the same USPGA standard as some high-profile links courses both in Scotland and in the USA.

Richard and Malcolm Salt, who created the 18-hole course and restored the range of character buildings that now comprise the club house, and a wedding and hospitality venue, made the decision to sell in September last year.

The sale was brokered by HMH Golf, who acted for the Salt family, with Russell Rigby of Rigby & Co representing a local private investor Staton Young, which has bought the site.

Richard Salt said: “My brother and I have really poured the last 34 years of our life into Horsley Lodge, and when we made the decision to sell, we were particularly keen to explore whether it could remain in local ownership.

“We are delighted we have been able to sell this to a local family investor, who have deep roots in the immediate area”.

Russell Rigby added: “Having previously worked with Richard and Malcolm we were able to strike a deal very quickly to acquire what I think is a tremendous course, within a stunning setting, which in some areas remains a bit of an untapped gem.”

“The purchasers are really excited about owning this much-loved course and club, and this opportunity fits perfectly with Staton Youngs forward looking investment plans”.

Browne Jacobson and Cortus acted for the purchasers, with Geldards representing the vendor.