Pic below: JCB Chairman Lord Bamford marks the start of work on JCB’s new £30 million golf course.

Work has started on an ambitious scheme to create a £30 million championship golf course.
The proposals are for a spectacular 18-hole, 7,150 yard, Par 72 championship golf course on 240 acres of rolling countryside to the south of the World HQ in Rocester, Staffordshire. When completed in 2018, it is expected that up to 100 people will be employed in groundscare and hospitality roles.
Today JCB Chairman Lord Bamford marked the start of work on the project as a 36 tonne JCB JS360 tracked excavator officially cut the first sod of earth on the 240-acre site. A total of 10 JCB machines will shift half a million tonnes of earth between now and next June when the first stage of the project, which involves profiling and contouring of the site, will be completed.
When finished, the golf course will be the biggest marketing tool available to digger maker JCB in its 69-year history.
Lord Bamford, who conceived the plans for the scheme, said: “My vision for this golf course is for it to build an even stronger awareness of the JCB brand around the world and help drive increased demand for our products. It’s wonderful to see the plans start to come to life and I look forward to its completion in 2018.”
The new golf course will be made available mainly to JCB’s network of 770 global dealers. It will be used to drive business growth, helping to build relationships with new customers and strengthen relationships with existing customers


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