The interview… Sir Graham Wylie

The owner of Close House reveals the inside story about the rebirth of the Newcastle venue, how he brought Lee Westwood to the North East, and why he’s always looking for ways to evolve and improve the estate

Close House is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its rebirth. How did you see the potential that was there in the site?

I remember standing on the first tee box when I first bought the estate. There was an honesty box. I opened it up and there were Tesco vouchers, train tickets, there were IOUs. No cash at all. I’m thinking ‘I’ve got to sort this out, make it commercially viable’....
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