Airdome and new sports bar in masterplan for redevelopment of Exeter Golf and Country Club

A masterplan for the redevelopment of leisure and sports facilities at Exeter Golf and Country Club has been outlined.

Plans have been submitted to Exeter City Council for a seven-phase development for the club in Topsham Road.

Key objectives of the scheme are to modernise the hub for an improved experience, to improve and update existing clubhouse facilities, and provide a viable development of the site.

Designs that compliments Weir House and its Grade II Listed status are also a priority.

The scheme includes an airdome to for indoor tennis, maintaining at least five squash courts, modernised gym equipment and larger facilities, a new lounge bar, and a new driving range.

Improved changing rooms for the swimming pool, a new sauna, steam and cold plunge pool facilities are also in the pipeline.

An aerial view of Exeter Golf and Country Club.

An aerial view of Exeter Golf and Country Club.

There would be phased development to ensure facilities remain in use while the proposed masterplan is implemented.

The seven phases would consist of:

Phase 1: Airdome. The proposed air dome provides a flexible indoor tennis facility. This will allow members to play during colder months and with inclement weather conditions. The dome will also provide an area for training and club activities.

Exeter Golf and Country Club

Phase two of the development. Image courtesy of KTA.

Phase 2: New squash courts. The proposed racquet facility utilises the two redundant tennis courts in one building adjacent the existing tennis courts. It will comprise of five squash courts, competition seating, racquets office, tennis pavilion, first floor viewing gallery and associated storage. The facility provides a circulation link which will improve accessibility and connectivity into the existing club. A new kids zone playground has been indicated to the west elevation of the proposed building to replace the former kids zone.

Phase 3: New changing rooms, dance studio and gym. The existing squash courts will be converted into male/female changing rooms (dry changing), new weights and dance/fitness studio and a gym at first floor level.

Exeter Golf and Country Club

Phase four of the development. Image courtesy of KTA.

Phase 4: New sports bar. With the introduction of improved sport and leisure facilities, the club intends to upgrade and improve their bar and cafe areas. The proposed family cafe will benefit from a new crèche, external terrace area and its proximity to both leisure and changing areas. The sports bar offers vital internal circulation links and will provide golf and sports members with a flexible social space with views towards the 18th green.

Phase four of the development. Image courtesy of KTA.

Phase 5: New changing rooms. There will be internal reconfiguration of the existing club house to include new entrance and reception area and wet changing rooms. This will replace the redundant family cafe/crèche area.

Phase 6: Alterations and reconfiguring of existing changing rooms. Following the introduction of the new family changing area, the male/ female pool changing will be combined to provide a large female changing area. The previous family change will become male changing.

Phase seven of the development. Image courtesy of KTA.

Phase 7: Conversion of existing gym/dance and fitness suite into new function room. The redundant gym and fitness studio will be converted into a new ground floor function room to replace the existing first floor Duckworth Suite. Once relocated, the redundant Duckworth Suite will be transformed into an external terrace area which will complete the lounge/bar area and enable natural daylight to puncture into the clubhouse.

Statements with the application say that the proposed changes would create 13 new jobs at the club and that no expansion of membership or usage levels is anticipated, but the development will enhance the sports facilities already provided.

Exeter City Council planners will determine the fate of the application at the later date.

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