About Lakeside Lodge

Lakeside Lodge is a leisure complex located in the heart of Cambridgeshire, providing many activities including Golf, Tenpin Bowling, Conferences, Accommodation, Parties and Corporate Entertainment. It was established in March 1992 and it is the close personal involvement of the Hopkins family that enables them to provide a welcoming friendly atmosphere, with no stiff out-dated formalities.

Lakeside Lodge was developed by a father and son partnership, Ray and David Hopkins, and former St. Ives Golf Club Professional Alistair Headley designed the 18 Hole Lodge Course. Planning permission for the 18 Hole Course and the Par 3 Course was granted in October 1989 and the 150 acres of former farmland previously producing potatoes and onions underwent a massive landscaping programme, with more than 300,000 tons of soil and clay excavated to create eight large lakes and build mounds and banks to define the fairways and greens. To combat the bleak fen landscape David and his father Ray planted over 15,000 trees. Indeed, apart from the heavy excavation work, the duo carried out all the development and maintenance work themselves under the direction of turf consultants.

Work started on the £500,000, 11,000 sq.ft Club House in September 1991 ready for the complex opening in Spring 1992. The design of the clubhouse was based on a rural courtyard theme and gives panoramic views of the surrounding courses. As well as the large Bar/Restaurant you'll find five Conference Rooms, 64 en-suite bedrooms, a licensed Bar/Restaurant and the four lane AMF Tenpin Bowling Centre.

In 1994 'Tom James Turfcare' was appointed as specialist contractors for the maintenance of the greens and tees at Lakeside Lodge and over the years members and visitors have been increasingly more delighted by the results created by Tom and his expert team. Indeed, their work has gained Lakeside Lodge the excellent reputation for great all year round playing conditions. You'll find that the courses at Lakeside Lodge stay open more than any other Golf Course in the County and trolley bans are virtually unheard of.

In April 1999 David became the sole proprietor of the business when his father Ray retired although he continued to cut the fairways right up until his 84th Birthday in 2016! 

David's wife Jane is Club Secretary and David and Jane are very proud of their hard-working and loyal team of staff. Indeed the Club House Managers, Annette Parker (David's sister), and Clare Charter have all been Managing the Bar & Restaurant since the business was established.

You'll find Jane in the busy Secretary's Office together with David's sister Jackie Ayres, and Mary Topham, all of whom will be pleased to help you with bookings and enquiries. And you'll certainly receive a cheery welcome from one of the receptionists Teresa, Lynda or Julie.

The Golf Shop moved to larger premises within the complex, close to the driving range, and is the largest stocked on-course club in Cambridgeshire. It is operated by the Director of Golf David Milburn and assisted by Adrian Moore. Working closely with him is head PGA Teaching Professional Andy Fletcher.

Over the years a total of 64 en-suite bedrooms have been built throughout the complex, most of them in detached Alpine-style Lodges offering 4, 5 or six bedrooms, each with a communal lounge area. Overnight accommodation and golf breaks are now big business at Lakeside Lodge and would not be possible without the hardworking Housekeeping Team led by Jackie Johnson.

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