HOTEL boss John Adamson is hoping to keep the local economy out of the bunker with a new £15million development.
Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club currently employs 550 people and says its new multimillion pound plans will create as many as 100 new jobs.
Visitors to the club already bring around £2.67million to the regional economy each year and the group estimates completion of the new development will generate an additional £11million.
The new facilities will include an 18-hole championship golf course, a conference and banqueting centre, 34 residential houses, a leisure centre including a gymnasium, pool and spa and an additional 48 rooms to expand the current four star hotel.
Company Director Mr Adamson said: “For the North East to have this resort will be great. We are looking to be better than our competitors and hope to attract around 1,500 members.”
The new golf course will be built on the site of Hilltop Farm, Carville, with construction is set to begin this month.
Jonathan Gaunt, the golf course architect responsible for both the existing Ramside course and the new development, said: “I have worked on a lot of golf course developments but there is something quite unique about this one.
“The site is different as we designed the course around the existing natural features. It feels like you are out in the countryside with water features, lakes and lots of mature trees.”
Mr Adamson added: “By expanding the hotel and creating a new course we are polishing our golfing diamond. Giving County Durham a first-class golf resort that it can be proud of.”
Completion of the golf course and leisure complex is expected in September 2013 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Ramside Hall Estates Ltd.