With the departure of Hamish Sutherland, Peter Simpson has been re-appointed as the Secretary/Manager at Foxton Hall, the home of Alnmouth Golf Club. Peter told Golf North East: "Prior to 2002 I was a PGA teaching professional based at Parklands Golf Club under Brian Rumney. In 2002, I started my secretarial career at Alnmouth and thoroughly enjoyed my four years here. In 2006, the opportunity came to go to Whitley Bay, which is where I live with my partner. I worked there for three years and then with Hamish putting in his resignation, I got the opportunity to come back.
"One of the reasons for returning is that the club is in a very strong position. The Dormie House here is a big part of the business and is going extremely well. We have ten rooms, eight of which are twins and two singles.
"The bookings for 2009 are up on last year and we are taking bookings everyday, so it's looking very positive. I think we might gain from the euro being in its current state resulting in a lot of people taking golf breaks in this country - we have some good packages and they are proving to be very popular.
"Foxton tends to attract players with a two to three hour drive from Yorkshire, Cheshire, the Edinburgh area and they can just park up the car for a couple of nights and play golf.
"We have a coastal classic ticket with Bamburgh Castle and Goswick where people can play the three courses and is very good value for money. We believe Foxton is a terrific venue for golf in this area and it's a fantastic setting."
He concluded: "The green-keeping staff are currently working on an intensive drainage programme with the intention of making the course playable all year round. So too be honest, the future looks good here which is befitting of a club that is 140 years old this year."
Peter, originally from the Amble area of Northumberland, started playing golf over 30 years ago at Warkworth Golf Club.
He has now returned to the amateur ranks and is still a very good golfer, playing off a one handicap.
He hopes this season, work permitting, to get back to scratch.