Experienced Director of Golf to oversee golf resort on the Suffolk CoastTA Hotel Collection, a group of distinctive and independent Suffolk Hotels, has appointed Brad McLean as General Manager overseeing its golf hotel and private members club in Thorpeness on the Suffolk Coast.
McLean, from Vancouver, Canada, has over 20 years’ experience in the golf industry and served in Director of Golf roles with Crown Golf and Marriott International, two of the UK’s largest commercial golf course operators.
He takes charge of TA Hotel Collection’s golf resort located in Thorpeness, an iconic seaside holiday destination in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The centrepiece of the resort is a James Braid designed heathland course and private members golf club founded in 1923 and a 36-bedroom golf hotel.
“Thorpeness Golf Club has a fantastic reputation and is one of the finest coastal heathland courses in the country.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to manage a successful golf hotel and private members club in one of England’s best-loved seaside holiday villages,” said Brad.
Thorpeness was bought by Scottish barrister and playwright Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie in 1910. He transformed it from a flooded fishing hamlet into a purpose-built holiday village with a golf course, country club, boating lake, windmill, Mock Tudor houses and the ‘House in the Clouds’ - a converted water tower turned private residence - which overlooks the 18th green of the golf course.
“Our goals are to make every visitor feel as though Thorpeness is their golf club and home away from home, with warm customer service, fantastic food and a great golf course. Ultimately, my aim is for every golfer to feel that Thorpeness is a course they simply must play,” added Brad.
Brad qualified as a PGA Professional with the Canadian PGA in 1997 and worked at Fraserview Golf Course in Vancouver, one of the country’s busiest municipal golf facilities averaging around 90,000 rounds per year.
He moved to the UK in 2004 to take up a Teaching Professional’s role at Thetford Golf Club in Suffolk before joining Crown Golf as Director of Golf at Orpington Golf Centre, a busy 54-hole venue with two pro shops and a driving range.
Most recently, Brad was Director of Golf, Leisure and Spa at Marriott International Sprowston Manor in Norwich.
Brad is also a trustee of The Stanley McLean Trust, a registered charity which has raised more than £84,000 for causes benefiting sick children including Great Ormond Street Hospital and East Anglia Children’s Hospices.
Brad and his wife Debbie set up the Trust and its Stanley McLean Brighter Future Fund following the tragic death of their son Stanley, aged 18 months, in July 2012.
Stanley was born with a rare heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallots and during a third open heart surgery, he experienced complications and sadly passed away.
Brad and Debbie have worked tirelessly to raise funds where their work has helped part fund an Echocardiogram machine at Great Ormond Street Hospital as well as fully funding EACH Norfolk’s Quidenham Hospice on Stanley’s birthday over the past 3 years. Their trust has organised three memorial golf days, sponsored bike rides, walks and cake bakes.