Bristol golf centre with £3m price tag bought by couple behind city’s Sky View Observation Wheel

December 17, 2020

A golf complex on the outskirts of Bristol run for the past 23 years by professional golfer has been sold after being marketed for more than £3m.

Bristol Golf Centre, pictured, at Hambrook has been bought by Chipping Sodbury-based Golf & Leisure Group for an undisclosed fee from Nicky Lumb and his wife Kathryn. 

The couple have developed the 11.5-acre site significantly over recent years and it now includes a 23-bay floodlit driving range, 18-hole pirate bay adventure golf course, golf lessons, two conference rooms and a function room and a Starbucks Coffee outlet. A retail superstore on the site is leased to American Golf.

For the past four years the centre has been managed by the Lumb’s daughter Nicky Jnr, who is also a professional golfer. According to agents marketing the centre, it had achieved annual earnings of more than £400,000.

Golf & Leisure Group, which was set up in June, is owned by James and Candice Rogers, who through a different company operate the Bristol Harbourside’s Sky View Observation Wheel, pictured, and have also developed the Pirate Adventureland adventure golf complex in Weston-super-Mare. 

The Bristol office of law firm Ince Metcalfes acted for the Lumbs, with the deal team led by managing associate Edward Chapman supported by Rhona Forster and Lydia Cammiade.

Nicky Lumb said: “We’re looking forward to handing over the business to James and watching him take the business from strength to strength.

“We’ll be sure to visit and continue to hone our golf swing. Thank you to Ed and the team at Ince Metcalfes; their support from start to finish made for a stress free process.”

Bristol Golf Centre managing director of James Rogers said: “Having the opportunity to acquire such a well-established and successful business was too good an opportunity to miss.

“We’re excited to continue to provide an exceptional experience for golfers based in Bristol and beyond. Its prime and accessible location also makes its conference centre a year-round attraction.”

Edward Chapman at Ince Metcalfes added: “I am delighted to have supported Nicky and Kathryn on their sale.

“The firm has worked with the company for a number of years, which makes it particularly rewarding to have helped secure the right deal to allow them time to enjoy their other passions.

“I have no doubt James will continue to drive the business forward in the months and years ahead.”

Accountancy and tax support to the sellers was provided by Farquhar Partnership and Savage Associates while HMH Golf & Leisure provided brokerage services.

Phillip Hogan, partner at law firm Henriques Griffiths, which has offices in Bristol and Winterbourne, acted for Golf & Leisure Group.

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