Golfer Clarke tees off construction of luxury golf homes

Golf enthusiasts are being given the opportunity to call one of the game’s greats their neighbour thanks to an exclusive development of 11 purpose-built residential golf homes in the Severn Valley countryside.

Astbury Hall, the 300-acre Shropshire estate owned by legendary Judas Priest guitarist Ken “K.K.” Downing, will soon become the home of Ryder Cup and Open Championship winner Darren Clarke after the Northern Irishman dug the first footings of his property this week.

The homes, which combine luxury high-specification living with access to the USGA-standard course designed by Downing, range from 1,800-3,000 sq ft with prices starting from £475,000.

Clarke said: “Not only is there a fantastic course here but for the whole place to have modern homes, and not just general homes, is something that is really different. These days, accommodation is massively important to a golf course. Most places have got the old cottage styles, but here it’s very visionary and unique.

“Ken’s vision, dedication and love for the place means an awful lot. I’ve met many different owners of different courses all over the world but he is the one that stands out for me because he loves the place so much. If he’s willing to put so much time and effort in to the place then it can only get better.

“The futuristic vision of the modern architecture of the properties is outstanding, it’s totally different to everything else I’ve seen in the UK. I’m very proud and fortunate to represent them.

“The Astbury is going to develop into one of the UK’s premier places to play golf and that can only have a positive impact on the area. It is still a young course, but the layout is great. It’s tough and to USGA specification so the greens are fast and undulating. They’re brilliant – I wish I could putt on greens like this every week.”

Sarah Arnold of The Astbury real estate team said: “This development gives an unrivalled opportunity to acquire a golf property in Britain. The attention to detail ensures the highest quality of living and the high ceilings and tall windows show a real emphasis on utilising the natural space and light within the homes.

“We already have a brilliant course, as well as a luxury bar and restaurant, and we’ll be pushing on with the leisure complex very soon – which will include a spa and a swimming pool.

“The glamour doesn’t end with the homes though – it’s not every day you get to live on the grounds of a rockstar’s 18th century hall whilst also next door to one of golf’s all-time greats.”

Confirmed plans are for seven detached three-bedroom homes as well as three large detached four-bedroom homes – as well one unique ‘tower’, which also has three bedrooms.

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