Golf legend Alliss to open new clubhouse

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MHBG-17-10-13 Nostalgia''Left to Right - Bernard Hunt, John Jacobs, Peter Alliss and Dai Rees prepare to start play. ENGNNL00120131010115950

Television golf presenter and former professional player Peter Alliss will officially open Seaford Head Golf Club’s new clubhouse on April 18.

Business manager at the club Oliver Stanyard said he was delighted to have been able to persuade the legendary commentator and player to attend.

The clubhouse will provide a much needed larger venue in Seaford, catering for events, weddings and parties while offering spectacular views of Seaford Head.

It will also act as a gateway to the South Downs National Park with walkers and cyclists welcome to rest their weary legs and stop for tea, coffee and food.

While plans are still developing, Mr Stanyard said he was also hoping to stage live music at the two-storey venue. He said, “It’s such a coup to have Peter Alliss. The golf club members will be absolutely chuffed about meeting him.”

Alliss will be giving a speech on the day and he will be joined by Seaford Mayor Mark Brown for the official opening.

The day looks set to include a golf tournament with prizes, while the official opening will take place at 12.30pm.

The club is appealing for local businesses to donate prizes for the event.

Mr Stanyard said they were also hoping to find ways of raising money for local charities on the day.

Mr Stanyard added, “We are trying to make it as community focused as possible.

“Our views at the golf course are stunning.

“We have already had so many people interested in booking the venue which is great.

“The clubhouse is open to everyone – it’s not just for members.

“Everyone from dog walkers to someone having a wedding.”

The club has also been talking to other local organisations who might like to use the clubhouse.

It was officially meant to open in November but will now be open for business at the end of February.

The golf club belongs to Seaford Town Council.

The town council previously said the building would cost £1,717,438, which would be funded by a 25-year loan of £1,717,000 .

It will have a full catering kitchen and bar with an outside balcony.

The old clubhouse, which was falling apart, has been demolished.

The new facility could mean increased revenue and the profits would be ploughed back into the town.

Seaford Head Golf Club, founded in 1887, is renowned in the golfing world for its beautiful views.

The Seven Sisters can be seen from the 13th,14th and 15th holes and the famous 18th hole has views over Seaford Bay and beyond to Brighton.

The club is hoping its new clubhouse and breathtaking scenery will encourage more golfers to visit from other parts of the country, leading to overnight stays in local B&Bs and hotels and generally helping to boost the local economy.

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