Whitley Bay Golf Club opening state-of-the-art training and teaching facility
Whitley Bay Golf Club opens one of the country's most sophisticated training and teaching facilities on Friday.
The ambitious project has been largely funded by Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund, which is aiming to boost grassroots sport across the country.
Sport England awarded Whitley Bay Golf Club £75,000 towards building the facility, which will be officially opened by the club president Lord Hastings.
The Indoor Golf Studio will have many purposes, encouraging local people and disabled people to get into golf, as well as providing alternatives for players during periods of bad weather.
It should also be a place where members of the club’s thriving junior section can help develop and improve their games. The club is particularly proud that their junior team are currently champions of the Northumbria Junior League.
The studio consists of both teaching and playing bays - including providing simulated golf technology which means golfers can ‘play’ 16 famous courses all over the world.
The sophisticated simulation systems analyse players’ swings, offering the opportunity for golfers to continue improving their skills.
The technology provides the golf professional David Twizell with facilities to teach indoors and also gives information used in club fitting.
Sport England Property Director Charles Johnston said: “The Inspired Facilities Fund has had a huge impact on grassroots sport across the country.
“Since 2011, we’ve invested £94million into more that 1,800 projects to improve sports clubs, and transform non-sporting venues into vibrant community sports clubs.
“It’s great to see Whitley Bay Golf club join the long list of successful clubs to benefit from this fund.”
Whitley Golf Club chairman Keith Atkinson said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment which will upgrade our practise facilities and enhance the major improvements to the course currently under way, making it an oustanding club capable of promoting excellence in our sport.
“It will allow us to encourage more people to play golf from junior to senior years and is a tribute to the 2012 Olympic legacy.”