Moray club unveils new practice facility
By Michael McEwan
Buckpool Golf Club is looking to play a big role in developing the next generation of talented golfers with the opening of a brand new indoor coaching area.
The Moray club has used a £5,000 grant from the ‘Awards For All’ scheme, funded by The Big Lottery and sportscotland, to transfer its old snooker room into a bespoke tuition centre. It includes an indoor practice putting green and practice net, as well as cutting-edge technology, such as a SkyTrak launch monitor, TOMI putting analysis monitor and a Cleveland wedge analyser.
The facility will be used by the club’s PGA professional team, headed up by Robbie Stewart, and will allow club members to work on their games no matter the weather.
“The indoor area will allow me to cover all aspects from basic introduction to golf through to advanced coaching sessions to bring out the best in all players,” said Stewart. “From an extensive shop facility at the clubhouse we will provide a specific individually tailored PING club fitting service, plus other services that include re-gripping clubs, and supply of golf items, such as balls, tees, gloves and clothing.
“I see great potential in developing Buckpool as a coaching centre. It also gives me a base to work from in my role with Scottish Golf as a Coach Support Development Officer. Buckpool has been used by the PGA as their Coach Education Centre with PGA Level 1 training courses held here and also volunteer coach workshops.”
John Adam, the honorary secretary of Buckpool, echored Stewart’s sentiments. “We are particularly pleased that Buckpool was successful with its ‘Awards for All’ grant,” he said. “With the appointment of Robbie Stewart and the completion of our golf studio we now offer a unique environment at Buckpool for golfers in the area to improve their game, as well as to inspire our juniors in a positive fun environment to take their game to the highest level through the most professionally run competition and award winning instruction.”
Adam added his hope that the new studio will go a long way to helping the club bring on its flourishing group of young golfers.
“We have a very successful junior section at Buckpool, where, with the assistance of our own ClubGolf coaches, we introduce youngsters to golf, and try to encourage them to play out on the course on a regular basis,” he said. “Just recently, one of our junior members, Ruari Mair, won the Paul Lawrie Junior Jug Tournament at Fairmont St Andrews.
“The installation of our golf studio is a big step along the way to prepare and encourage our juniors, and all members, to improve their golf and their enjoyment of the game.”