GEORGE Washington Golf and Country Club has now entered a new era following the official opening of the new clubhouse by the Lady Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Mary Smith. The ultra-modern two-storey extension consists of a lounge bar - complete with a stunning outdoor terrace area - a function suite capable of holding up to 150 guests, a spacious golf shop and state-of-the-art changing facilities.
This latest addition follows an extensive refurbishment programme of all the bedrooms, lounge/bar and the restaurant in the adjoining hotel.
And work is expected to start towards the end of the year on a 1,000-seater conference and banqueting centre, creating a further 50 to 60 jobs, while there are also plans to add a further 43 bedrooms to the hotel in 2010.
Mukesh Chawla, the owner of George Washington, said: "This is a different league altogether. We should be able to attract conferencing and banqueting at a new level. I am dedicated to the North East and want to create as many business opportunities in the North East as possible."
And with his new head greenkeeper Mark Hornsey making a big difference on the course, Mr Chawla is very positive about the future at George Washington.
He added: "We want to attract competitions at a national level, that's my ambition. It's a fantastic course; the only thing it lacked was a clubhouse."
And to mark the occasion, the new Golf Business Development Manager at George Washington, Glenn Lowery, pulled out all the stops to arrange a special launch event.
On the day, 23 teams played in poor weather conditions for some very good prizes.
Former Sunderland football players, Jim Montgomery, Len Ashurst, Cecil Irwin and Ron Routledge came out on top with 86 points. S&N UK came second with 85 points closely followed by M Clottenburg also with 85 points.
Results on the day: 1, SAFC Players 86 points; 2, S&N UK 85 points; 3, M Clottenburg 85 points; 4, Brogans 82 points; 5, Joseph Miller 82 points.
George Washington are hosting a fund-raiser for the National Victims Association on Thursday, July 17 and anyone interested in entering a team and supporting this very worthwhile cause should contact Gary Mather on 07500 782561m or David Hines on 0191 423 2210, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The NVA is an independent charity for the benefit of families of victims of homicide. Their aims are to relieve people in need, hardship or distress in the UK, particularly those who are suffering or who have suffered as a result of serious crime such as murder or manslaughter. The charity provides financial assistance as well as advice and counseling.