The Canadian developers of East Sussex National ran out of money before the clubhouse could be built. The mighty Kuwait Investment Office bought them out and brought in Sinclair. Together, they decided the only way forward was to put more money in. The new 36,000 square feet clubhouse - the professional shop alone measures 9,000 sq ft and looks like a department store - will open shortly. Its cost? A mere pounds 5m.
The KIO, says Sinclair, is definitely not a sleeping partner. His job is to ensure it gets a good return. To that end, he has secured the club its first major competition, the European Open in September, for four years.Reuse content