10:25am Saturday 10th March 2012
By Tony Kelly
AN all-weather slice of two of the world’s greatest golf courses is delighting York Golf Club members.
The Strensall-based course has installed the Huxley premier all-weather surface as part of an extensive programme of improvements to its practice ground.
York is the first club in the area to invest in the surface, which is identical to that used at the St Andrews home of golf, and which has also recently been put in place at Gleneagles, another Scottish bastion of the world game.
The Huxley turf plays similarly to grass without any of the associated wear and tear, and makes practicing of long irons and fairway woods much easier.
The response from York members has been appreciative, many flocking to use the new amenity, which is pictured.
Said head professional Mark Rogers: “The feedback from members has been fantastic.
“It’s regarded as the premier all-weather turf on the market and it is proving massively popular with the members.
“Since we have installed it the area has just been so busy.”
Rogers added that it provided a double benefit.
In the winter it has enabled practising players to hit off almost grass-like conditions, while in the summer it will come into play as it will allow the nearby grass practice area greater time to recover.
Rogers and his pupils already enjoy using a covered bay driving area, and a large area of the Huxley turf has been installed in the head pro’s teaching bay.
Other work currently being undertaken at York GC includes improvements to the short-range facilities, with the provision of a newly located, large practice bunker.
HERE come the girls – well, that’s the hope at Sandburn GC.
The club, which is on the Flaxton road off the A64, is holding a meet and greet day for ladies on Thursday, March 22.
There will be nine holes of golf for those who want to play the scenic, sylvan course and from around 5pm a clinic with head pro Steve Robinson, one of the country’s leading coaches.
Said Emma Brown, clubhouse manager at Sandburn and North Yorkshire’s most successful women’s amateur golfer of the last two decades: “We have about 25 to 30 lady members at the club but we would like to build the ladies’ section a bit more.
“The meet and greet day is free and will start from 2.30pm. If there are those who cannot make the nine holes of golf then they can just attend Steve’s clinic.”
In conjunction with the ladies’ day, at which lady captain Kim Beaumont will greet arrivals, Sandburn are running a special ladies’ half-price membership offer of £360 for 2012/13. That also includes six coaching sessions with Robinson and ten range tokens.
If would-be women members want to attend the day they should phone Brown on 01904 469929.
Meanwhile, there’s been a brace of aces at Sandburn Hall.
Colin Thomas, who plays off 25, had a hole in one on the 13th using a driver into a strong headwind, while Kwai Mo (17 handicapper) aced the eighth using a seven-iron in the March stableford competition.
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