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08 June 2009  

Crown Golf completes £20m refurbishment of flagship property

St Mellion will always have a special place in my heart” - Jack Nicklaus

After a £20m transformation, St Mellion International Resort has reopened, confirming its status as South West England’s premier golf and leisure destination.

With Jack Nicklaus’ first ‘signature’ golf course in the UK extensively refurbished, and restored to European Tour standard in advance of hosting The English Open in 2011, golfers from around the world can now enjoy one of Europe’s highest quality playing experiences at St Mellion.

And a new 80-bedroom four-star standard landmark hotel, with conferencing and leisure facilities, has also opened at the resort, meaning that Crown Golf’s most prestigious property is now fully equipped to realise the dream of its original founders – to create a world-class championship golf resort in the heart of the South West.

“Visitors to St Mellion now have both accommodation and golf facilities which befit our stunning Cornish location,” said Crown Golf Chief Executive, Stephen Lewis. “And our members can be enormously proud that their golf club now bears comparison with any in Europe.

“The new-look St Mellion represents an investment of several years and £20m by Crown Golf. I believe that our new resort is a fitting flagship for the group, and our position as Europe’s leading owner / operator of golf clubs.”

Both golf courses at St Mellion International Resort have received widespread alterations, with £2.5m spent on a major bunker rebuilding programme, plus remodelled greens, new tees, a new cart path network and a new fairway irrigation system.

The Old Course, opened by brothers Martin and Hermon Bond in 1976, and which hosted St Mellion’s first professional golf tournament – the Benson & Hedges International Open in 1979 – has been re-named The Kernow Resort Course.

The Nicklaus Course, which opened in 1988, and which was Jack Nicklaus’ first golf course design project in the UK, has been re-named The Nicklaus Signature Course. This golf course celebrates its 21st birthday in 2009. With new championship tees and an upgrade to every bunker, this famously tough 7,000 yard golf course will host The English Open when The European Tour returns to St Mellion International in 2011.

At St Mellion golfers also now enjoy modernised golf reception facilities including arrivals hall, bag drop area, changing rooms and a resort-style pro shop plus, nearby, a new golf academy with driving range and practice facilities. St Mellion also has a brand new fleet of 60 electric golf buggies.

Accommodation at St Mellion International Resort has also changed beyond recognition.

Just fourteen months after the resort’s old hotel was demolished, the new St Mellion International Resort Hotel opened in early June 2009. Each bright, air-conditioned room offers freeview plasma TV, free internet access, luxury bedding and a contemporary bathroom with power shower. Many rooms also offer breathtaking balcony views across the golf courses and surrounding countryside.

There are also fourteen self-catering Fairway Lodges at St Mellion, offering flexible accommodation from one to five bedrooms per Lodge – perfect for families, groups and for longer stays at the Resort.

“Visitors to our new hotel will find comfort and luxury at our surprisingly stylish and modern resort,” said Resort Director Stephen Towers. “Set in 450 acres of stunning Cornish countryside, I believe St Mellion International Resort is now the perfect destination for both business and pleasure in the South West of England.”

The Resort also now offers visitors a choice of three dining experiences, all overlooking the stunning 18th hole of the The Nicklaus Signature Course. The stylishly-appointed a la carte An Boesti * (Cornish for ‘restaurant’) offers fine, fresh locally -sourced ingredients, prepared with passion and served with charm. The atmospheric Bewdern Brasserie provides more informal and relaxed dining, with a delicious menu from salads and sandwiches, through to hearty main plates. Finally, in The Nicklaus Bar, guests will enjoy traditional Cornish fayre in a relaxed and contemporary style, including pasties, West Country cream teas and fine Cornish ales - a magnificent place for golfers to gather to swap stories from the golf course.

St Mellion International Resort also has thirteen conference and banqueting suites, including the 400-capacity St Mellion Suite, and its Spa complex includes three swimming pools, sauna, steam room, spa pool, group exercise studio and a state-of-the-art gymnasium. Aero Leisure & Spa is open to both members and hotel guests, with a range of relaxing spa therapies and treatments also available using the finest Elemis products.

Situated near to Saltash in Cornwall, close to the villages, beaches and attractions for which the county is famed, but also within twenty minutes’ drive of Plymouth’s railway and airport, St Mellion offers easy travel links via Air Southwest, a low-cost airline offering daily scheduled flights into Plymouth from 11 airports across Great Britain & Ireland.

The remodelled resort is also a boon to the local economy. An estimated 375 people each year will be employed there either on full-time or part-time basis by 2010, and the St Mellion Economic Impact Final Report (Roger Tym & Partners, Sept 2006) estimates that £2.1m will be spent off-site in the area annually by people staying at St Mellion.

“Whether you come here for business, or golf, or to relax, or for a wedding or function, or simply to use St Mellion as a base to explore Cornwall, I believe that our revitalised resort will exceed even the highest expectations,” said Stephen Towers.

“My staff and I are committed to delivering the highest possible quality, throughout the resort, and we look forward to welcoming all to the St Mellion International Resort.”

Book your stay at St Mellion International Resort by calling 01579 351351, or visit www.st-mellion.co.uk.

* An Boesti a la carte restaurant opens in July 2009


Company Contacts:

Stephen Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, Crown Golf
Tel: +44 (0)1344 300200
Email: s.lewis@crown-golf.co.uk

  Stephen Towers, Resort Director, St Mellion International Resort
Tel: +44 (0)1579 351351
Email: stmellion-resortdirector@crown-golf.co.uk
Media Contact:

Andy Hiseman, Hiseman Partners
Tel: +44 (0)1780 757461. Email: andy@hiseman.com




Tel: +44 (0)1579 351351. St Mellion International Resort, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6SD

St Mellion International Resort is a surprisingly stylish and modern resort with a great golfing heritage. Following a £20m redevelopment, completed in 2009, the resort now includes a four-star standard 80-bedroom hotel, with extensive leisure and conferencing facilities, plus two 18-hole championship golf courses including the Nicklaus Signature Course, the first design by Jack Nicklaus in the UK, which hosts The English Open on The European Tour from 2011.


Crown Golf is the UK’s largest golf club owner/operator with 33 properties and almost 60 golf courses in its portfolio. With pride in customer service and innovation, it aims to provide an outstanding golf experience for its members and visitors, tailor-made to suit the lifestyles and needs of a wide range of golfers.


Air Southwest offers regular flights into Plymouth City Airport from eleven airports across Great Britain & Ireland. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Plymouth-based Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc, which is listed on the Alternative Investment Market. The group owns and operates Plymouth City Airport and its interests span regeneration and transport.