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The exclusive Beaverbrook Golf Club in Surrey has suffered significant damage following what Surrey Fire and Rescue Service described as a "massive fire." Emergency services tended to the scene in the early hours of Tuesday morning, following the blaze which is believed to have begun at 10pm the night prior.
The harrowing footage, which we shared via Instagram below, shows the intensity of the fire. Upon battling the flames, the Fire Service confirmed the "entirety of the building and its basement" had been damaged but thankfully reported that there were no casualties or injuries. Local residents said they could see the flames from neighbouring villages.
A spokesperson from the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service told Surrey Live : "We received a call last night around 10pm [on Monday] to a report of a fire at Beaverbrook Golf Club, Reigate Road, Leatherhead.
"Eight fire engines have been sent in total, alongside some specialist crews. The first arrived at the scene around 10.10pm. A fire had broken out, damaging the entirety of the building and its basement. Crews remain at the scene."
The Clubhouse is said to be the area most damaged, with the luxury hotel, restaurant and spa escaping the flames.
Jorge de Jesus, Group General Manager at Beaverbrook Golf Club, said in a statement: "On the evening of the 7th of March 2022, a fire broke out in The Club House at Beaverbrook Golf Club in Surrey. The alarm was raised to the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service.
"The Club House has been significantly damaged by the fire, however thankfully no one was injured."
An investigation has been launched into the cause but it is not thought to be suspicious.
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Beaverbrook Golf Club, which is one of the most exclusive golf clubs in the UK, opened in 2016 having previously been the location of the country mansion for 20th century press baron, Lord Maxwell Beaverbrook. The estate overlooks the beautiful Surrey Hills and was the location of where Lord Beaverbrook would advise Winston Churchill during the second World War. The late Victorian Grade-11 listed mansion is surrounded by 370 acres of land.
The grounds fell into disarray but plans to take the picturesque location and turn it into a luxury golf club and health spa were approved and it opened its doors to both in September 2016. The golf course is designed by renowned Scottish architect, David McLay-Kidd, and eight-time Major champion, Tom Watson. The course measures 7,000 yards from the aptly named Watson tees with a more modest 5,900 from the Churchill tees, and just over 5,000 yards from the forward Kipling tees. From the golf course to the stately mansion, the complex offers breathtaking and unrivalled views of the Surrey countryside and further afield into London. It is said to be the home of many wealthy members and loved by the likes of Harry Kane, Peter Crouch and former US Open champion, Michael Campbell.
We will share more details of the fire as they emerge.
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