Burgham reborn

Kevin Gow has gone full circle and returned home to Northumberland in an effort to return one of the North East’s most popular courses to its former glory.

Forced to close its clubhouse after Burgham Park Golf and Leisure Club Limited called in the administrators at the end of last year, the golf course remained open throughout the winter. Now the course and clubhouse have been taken over by a new company, Burgham Park Properties, with Kevin taking over the lease.

The clubhouse has been redecorated and the complex is up and running with Kevin and his family in charge.

Kevin started his professional career at Bedlingtonshire in 1981 and has worked at Morpeth, Houghton, Whitburn and in Sweden. He also ran Cocken Lodge Golf Course, near Durham for five years before moving to Whitburn Golf Club.

“The opportunity at Burgham Park was far too good to miss and I couldn’t say no. I could have seen myself staying at Whitburn for many years as it’s a very friendly club with a very proactive committee,” he said.

He will be assisted by his wife Jacqui, daughters Samantha and Georgia and younger brother Jason in his bid to restore Burgham’s fortunes. Designed by Andrew Mair and former Ryder Cup captain Mark James, Burgham, just north of Morpeth, opened in 1994 and has hosted a number of PGA events.