Golf Features News Roundup

The Grove introduces Trackman Technology to transform warm-up and practice experiences for golfers

The Grove, London’s country escape, today announces an important enhancement to its golf practice facilities with the installation of TrackMan Range, the flexible golf ball tracking solution featuring Tour-proven technology.

From June 6, visitors to The Grove’s all-grass, pristine practice facilities will be able to access TrackMan Range through their personal mobile devices, revolutionising their warm-up experience before heading onto the Kyle-Phillips designed 18-hole championship golf course.

By simply downloading the app, prior to beginning a pre-round session, customers will be able to unlock a wealth of game-enhancing features, including detailed shot analysis, interactive experiences, and entertaining games.

3D rendering within the app also replicates the finest details and features of The Grove’s practice range, making for the most realistic and complete player experience.

Brad Gould, Director of Golf at The Grove, commented: “By installing TrackMan Range, we are taking an already premium customer experience and moving it to the next level. We receive incredible customer feedback from golfers who love our all-grass practice facilities, but now with the added attraction of TrackMan Range, a new level of enjoyment, impactful warm-up and analysis is on offer to everyone.”

TrackMan’s radar technology precisely measures each shot, giving instant feedback on ball data including ball speed, carry and total distance, launch angle, launch direction and more.

Information is then displayed on the free mobile app which records all shot data in a player’s profile to review instantly, or later.

The versatility of TrackMan Range offers fun games, entertainment, course play and challenges for all levels of golfer, from beginner through to serious players.

Michael Malone, TrackMan’s Vice President of Sales EMEA, added: “The Grove is one of Europe’s finest golf facilities and we are proud to be able to offer TrackMan Range, the industry’s best virtual golf, practice, and entertainment software, to its customers. Our technology is favoured by some of the greatest players in the game, and we are confident visitors to The Grove will also benefit from, and enjoy, using it.”

The Grove’s 18-hole rolling parkland golf course, recently voted one of Europe’s best modern courses by Golf World, remains the only venue in the UK to have hosted a World Golf Championship event (in 2006, won by Tiger Woods). It also hosted the DP World Tour’s British Masters in 2016.

Beyond its pristine fairways and greens, The Grove’s 18th-century Mansion houses 26 rooms, suites and lounges decorated with a 21st-century spin on vintage glamour.

There’s also the thoroughly modern West Wing with a further 189 deluxe, superior and family rooms. Many of these rooms have balconies and terraces looking over immaculate formal gardens.

For further information: www.thegrove.co.uk

Inrange® expands UK footprint to Northern Irelnd

2022 has been a busy year for Inrange® golf. The technology company has landed deals in multiple new regions (Australia and Asia have sites going live this calendar year), as well as expanding their footprint in Europe. On top of

this, their presence in the UK continues to grow, with their 11th partner range in the territory - Laganview Golf Centre - recently agreeing a partnership.

Located between Belfast and Lisburn, Northern Ireland, the site is easily accessible to both cities and surrounding areas. This two-tier, 50 bay range is equipped with floodlights , allowing players to practise day or night, rain or shine, 7 days a week and is aiming to create a fully featured experience range for every visitor, with Inrange®.

Having tried the Inrange® system themselves, the Laganview board knew they had found the right partner to help them bring their vision to life.

“When we went in search of the right technology partner we were extremely excited and intrigued with the capabilities of the software and were amazed at how much fun we had. We found ourselves wanting to go back and play again.” Nigel Rosbotham - Owner of Laganview Golf Centre

The revolution of the driving range is something fairly new to Northern Ireland, where most venues still offer their players a standard bucket of balls.

This will soon be changing as Inrange® brings the full experience range to Laganview.

“We thought Inrange® was the perfect fit for us, because we want to appeal to a broader audience by providing the best possible offering to both the golfer and non golfer - as well as those looking to try the game for the first time and just have fun with their friends,” said Nigel Rosbotham - Owner of Laganview Golf Centre.

The Laganview upgrade is going live this summer, and is another positive step for Inrange® in their mission to make golf, for everyone. The company has recently expanded its product offering too, including a brand new single player practice challenge - Nearest to Pin - as well as launching a new virtual golf course - Myrtle Beach Tour - which has quickly become a fan favourite on the Inrange+ multiplayer platform.

For information on Laganview Golf Centre -

https://www.laganviewgolfcentre.co.uk/

For more information on Inrange® - https://www.inrangegolf.com/

For Ireland and UK range enquiries: sales@inrangegolf.com

 

Quartet of new coaches get set for influx of female golfers

love.golf, the empowering group coaching experience for women, has welcomed four new coaches to its ranks as it gears up to attract women to golf throughout 2022.

Karyn Burns from East Kilbride Golf Club near Glasgow, has joined Leicestershire’s Amy Taylor and duo Damon Wood and Sam Proctor, both based in Cheshire, in signing up to the program this year.

love.golf, supported by Syngenta, replaces traditional instruction with the freedom to explore new skills, discover untapped potential and bond with a supportive group of like-minded women.

New recruits

Karyn Burns is an experienced professional and together with Linzi Dye, from West Kilbride, will soon host the very first golf experience for Muslim women in Scotland in conjunction with the Muslim Golf Association.

Amy Taylor, from Hinckley Golf Club, Leicester is an energetic coach who is passionate about bringing more women and children into the game. Amy recently hosted her very first love.golf taster experience and attracted 28 new women to her club.

Damon Wood joins love.golf with over 10 years’ experience and having recently set up his own academy, ‘My Golf Tribe’ at Woodside Golf & Driving Range in Holmes Chapel.

Working alongside Damon at Woodside, Sam Proctor has combined his college playing experience from the United States with his passion for the game. He is already winning over golfers with his no-nonsense approach.

Commenting on the new arrivals, love.golf Head Coach and Founder, Alastair Spink, said: “Our new coaches all exhibit the energy and dynamism which is visible across our entire coach base. They have been warmly welcomed into our community of coaches and have a fantastic opportunity to learn from others and enhance their business.”

“Sharp increase in sign-ups”

Demand for love.golf is surging in 2022. In April alone, over 100 new women signed up for experiences via love.golf’s dedicated online events portal. 

“Already this year we are witnessing a sharp increase in sign-ups across the country. With the new coaches on board, we’re in a stronger position to service this demand and positively impact participation,” said Spink.

love.golf plans to host a series of ground-breaking events to connect new audiences to golf throughout 2022, including influencer events and bespoke taster experiences for 

Coaches wishing to become part of the love.golf coach community can contact Head Coach Alastair Spink for more information.

 

Prince Harry and Brendan Lawlor have an Awesome Time at Invictus Games

Prince Harry got into the swing of things at the Invictus Games last month showing off his golfing prowess using Awesome Golf alongside #1 disability golfer in the world Brendan Lawlor.  The pair went head to head at a simulator ‘Golf Clinic’ at the Invictus games in the Netherlands hosted by the Dutch Golf Company.

Prince Harry founded the Invictus Games back in 2014 to help with the rehabilitation of injured servicemen and women giving them the chance to participate in sporting events. 

“The Awesome Golf software allows golfers of all ages and abilities to have fun together, which was clearly demonstrated by Prince Harry and Brendan.” Explains Steven van Daal from The Dutch Golf Company “We are really proud to support this event and have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the competitions here in The Hague.”

Awesome Golf continues to grow from strength to strength, being used at events, in driving ranges, and thousands of simulators worldwide.  Its fun and interactive experiences inspire golfers and non-golfers to pick up a club and get involved. 

“It came as a great surprise to see Prince Harry using the software last week,” comments Founder Gavin Hamer. “When I launched the software I would never have imagined how far we’d come in such a short space of time.”

For more information about Awesome golf please visit www.awesome-golf.com. 

Email sales@awesome-golf.com to arrange a demo.  

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Golf de Roquebrune: a new jewel in the crown of Resonance Golf Collection

Resonance Golf Collection has announced the addition of a new prestigious member to its collection of golf courses: the illustrious Golf de Roquebrune, in Roquebrune-sur-Argens in Provence, one of the most beautiful resorts in France.

This exceptional golf course on France’s Var coast joins a collection of 40 European golf courses, renowned for their architecture, setting and course conditioning, and located in the heart of regions rich in heritage and remarkable for their history.

Acquired in 2007 by the Delli-Zotti family, along with the amazing golf experience on site, the family it is also very well known for its hospitality, leisure and catering expertise. This 18-hole resort has been shaped into a highly sought-after estate, nestled in the heart of the Provence wine region, at the foothills of the Massif des Maures, a beautiful natural reserve.

Shortly after the launch of its new brand name, Resonance Golf Collection was entrusted with the management of Golf de Roquebrune based on its strong business values – excellence, authenticity and sustainability – as well as its strategic approach and commitment to continue the development of the acclaimed course for both local golfers and tourists.

“We want to reaffirm the reputation of Golf de Roquebrune as one of the most important courses and destinations in the south of France,” commented Laurent Boissonnas, Managing Director of Resonance Golf Collection.

“This remarkable venue will allow us to strengthen our activities in Provence and offer a new destination in the region to our clients.”

Several of the collection’s golf courses are located nearby, including Golf d’Opio-Valbonne and Golf de la Grande Bastide.

Laurent Boissonnas added: “As we embark on a new chapter at Golf de Roquebrune, our focus centres on providing the next level of service and experience to French and foreigner golfers alike, as well as helping make the region shine as a must-visit golf destination.”

The modern golfer will be able to enjoy a quality experience, relaxing in a preserved natural environment, admiring breath-taking panoramic views of the bay of Fréjus-Saint-Raphaël, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Located only 10 minutes from Saint-Raphaël and Sainte-Maxime, between Cannes and Saint-Tropez, Golf de Roquebrune also boasts a characterful spa hotel, the Daya Hôtel & Spa*****, a distinguished restaurant with Mediterranean flavours – “La table de Louis” – and a Resonance Golf Academy which offers lessons for both children and adults throughout the year.

Fun and conviviality are guaranteed on this exceptional site, now under Resonance Golf Collection’s expertise.

See: Golf de Roquebrune Resort, and  Resonance Golf Collection Resonance - Collection. 

PING helps grow the game in extended EDGA support  

EDGA has announced that globally respected club manufacturer PING is extending its support of golfers with disability by becoming EDGA’s official Golf Club Supplier.

As Golf Club Supplier, PING will provide three years of funding to grow the game, including helping EDGA to reach more people with disability who are brand new to golf, and more women and girls. 

A number of EDGA golfers have been supported by PING in recent years and this partnership will create further opportunities for golfers of different levels of playing ability, from early entrant to elite player.  

“We are proud to have been a supporter of EDGA over the past six years and are delighted to extend that relationship by becoming the organisation’s official Golf Club Supplier,” commented Lisa Lovatt, PING Europe Managing Director. 

“We will also work with EDGA to host the inaugural PING Open for Golfers with a Disability at Thonock Park Golf Club in Lincolnshire on 13-15th of June, a key tournament in this season’s EDGA Tour that spans 12 countries,” added Lovatt. “During the event, PING and EDGA will reach out to new and existing players in the area and promote the health and social benefits of the game.”

EDGA (formally the European Disabled Golf Association) is the not-for-profit association of the National Golf Federations from 34 countries worldwide. EDGA focuses on boosting awareness of the inclusive nature of golf, developing capacity within the golf industry, and providing opportunities for golfers with a disability throughout the player pathway.

PING helped EDGA in the creation of the World Ranking for Golfers with Disability (WR4GD), now in the hands of WAGR. PING also previously supported the EDGA ‘Tough Love and Second Chances’ podcast and player profiles that tell the story of golfers who refuse to be defined by their disability or impairment. 

Tony Bennett, EDGA President, said: “It is the people at PING that make this such a special company to work with. EDGA is very proud to be entering our seventh year with PING as a partner in our journey to make golf accessible for people with all kinds of impairments. The values that PING demonstrates resonate and are a perfect fit with the aspirations that EDGA has as we work with the game’s leading bodies to create a supportive, inclusive, and accessible golfing landscape.” 

In development terms, PING’s three-year commitment will help EDGA’s recent progress in providing professional coaches and volunteers with the expertise to reach out to more golfers with an impairment internationally. EDGA-trained coaches are able to deliver outreach sessions in both traditional and non-traditional golf venues, including hospitals and rehabilitation centres, supporting the player journey from sampler to competitor. 

PING is the latest internationally respected organisation to show its support of EDGA which is seeking to welcome 500,000 golfers with disability into the game. 

Learn more at www.edgagolf.com