GolfMagic is saddened to learn today that Magnolia Park Hotel & Golf Club near Oxford will close for good, according to a report the Oxford Mail.
The golf course, which lies just off the A40 south of Upper Arncott, reopened for play on May 15 having been shut due to the coronavirus lockdown, but it has now been confirmed the venue will be permanently closed for redevelopment on July 31.
"Taking account of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, and the long-term repercussions for the hotel business, the owner has confirmed that both the hotel and golf course will then remain closed until further notice and plans will commence for the redevelopment of the hotel and grounds," read a statement from the club's owners.
"The decision to close the hotel, which changed ownership in July 2019, comes after careful consideration and consultation, including a detailed review of the long-term strategic options for the property.
"Any redevelopment will be respectful and sympathetic to its neighbours and the surrounding countryside. The owner remains committed to the community economy.
"The local community will be kept up to date on any plans and timelines as the redevelopment progresses."
GolfMagic has enjoyed a number of reader days and on-course interviews with the likes of Tony Jacklin and Paul Broadhurst at this venue, so we would like to thank the club for its kind hospitality down the years.
Magnolia Park is a stunning par-73 championship course that measures just shy of 7,000 yards from the tips, and it weaves its way through 200 acres of beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside.
The news comes just days after it was confirmed that 116-year-old Brandhall Golf Course in the West Midlands is to close for housing, a park and a school.