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Golf: Mold Golf Club opens £60,000 training facility

THERE has been interest from far and wide in a new indoor golf centre which has now opened its doors to the public.

The £60,000 facility, at Mold Golf Club, is already attracting more members and visitors.

The numbers of people seeking tuition at the club have doubled, while advanced bookings for visitors have increased by 20%.

Mold’s head professional Craig Tudor said: “The academy is attracting a great deal of interest, not just from the immediate area but also from all over Cheshire, the Wirral and Manchester.

“The equipment is the same as that used by many of the world’s top professionals but is also a great aid in helping beginners understand the mechanics of a good golf swing.”

Flintshire County Council and the Welsh Government supported the development of the academy, with a grant of £10,800 under the Rural Development Partnership scheme. The club and head pro Tudor jointly invested a total of £50,000.

The academy incorporates advanced equipment, including three high-speed cameras and a radar-based launch monitor which automatically analyses more than 20 key elements of a player’s golf shot.

A 12-metre square screen displays the ‘course’ providing users with an outdoor experience indoors. All shots are saved allowing them to monitor their progress throughout each lesson or practice session.

There is also a four-hole indoor putting facility with the highest quality synthetic surface which replicates the speed of the greens out on the golf course.

After opening the new centre, Delyn Labour AM Sandy Mewies said: “Latest figures from the Welsh Government show the value of golf tourism has increased over the last eight years from £23m a year to more than £38m, with the number of people visiting Wales to play golf increasing by 36%.

“Now having such an advanced teaching facility will mean that more visitors will want to come to Mold Golf Club and membership is likely to increase which can only be good for the local economy.”

Mold Golf Club manager Chris Mills: “We’re very grateful for the support we received from Flintshire County Council and the Welsh Government in creating state-of-the-art teaching facilities. They will undoubtedly help us attract new members as well as additional visitors.”