The first Nicklaus Signature course in Europe (still only one of two in England) opened in 1988 with Nicklaus and Tom Watson losing narrowly to Messers, Lyle & Faldo in the St Mellion Trophy.
In 1990 the first of six Benson & Hedges International Opens returned to St. Mellion and this time no one was saying the course was too easy. It became infamous on the tour as one of the most challenging courses played and today, despite ever improving technology its reputation remains intact.
The Bond brothers sold the property including a recently built hotel in 1998 to American Golf. A few years later in 2004, American Golf was bought by Crown Golf and with it St. Mellion.
They invested in the property by building a brand new four-star hotel, adding bars, restaurants, meeting and spa facilities as well as redeveloping both golf courses with the express aim of returning St. Mellion to the International Golf Stage.