One of the North East's newest golf courses has unveiled the latest development in what's becoming a first-class golf set-up. Having first opened at the end of 2005, Ingleby Barwick Golf Club continues to go from strength to strength under the leadership of renowned local professional Tim Jenkins.
And this week, the club opened its new clubhouse.
The ultra-modern building, which has taken six months to construct, features men's and ladies locker rooms, complete with showers, and looks out over the club's final green and takes in sweeping views of the River Tees and Preston Park.
The centrepiece of the new development is a large, airy bistro that looks certain to become as popular with local residents as with golfers.
The clubhouse is managed by Anthony Schott and has two chefs in Matthew Coleman and Emma Donegan.
There's also a new car park that takes the number of spaces to over 75.
The club features a lovely nine-hole lay-out on the banks of the River Tees near Stockton - with a set of different tees that enable players to tackle the front nine from a different perspective if they so wish.
The club also boasts a golf equipment and clothing superstore along with a state-of-the-art two-tier driving range, which is the only one of its type in the region.
Darlington-born Jenkins is one of the most respected professionals in the North East, having started out as an assistant at Darlington GC before becoming head pro at Castle Eden. He has also managed Stressholme in Darlington as well as Seaton Carew driving range while he's been head pro at both Seaham and Romanby.
He said: "We're delighted with the new clubhouse. The bistro is a fantastic spot that is very family-oriented and we're hoping that it becomes a firm favourite with the local community.
"We always said that we would get it built within the first three years and we've achieved that. There are an array of first-class facilities here now and it's great to see the club is proving so popular with local players."
The club has a couple of open competitions coming up - a mixed on July 30 and a seniors on August 27.
The club also features a junior academy and will be offering three-day coaching schemes for youngsters in the summer holidays that will be hosted by Golf North East's resident tips expert, Mike Pilgrim, who is based at Ingleby Barwick GC
For more details call the club on 01642 765000.