Ryder Cup legend Sam Torrance declared the new high-tech Loretto Golf Academy Indoor Centre as “an unbelievable place” when he officially opened the world-class facility, which is based at Musselburgh.
The former Ryder Cup captain and player was amongst 200 pupils and specially-invited guests who were wowed by the state-of-the-art facility - the first of its kind to be established by a UK school.
With Loretto a long-time sponsor of the Under-14s boys and girls national championship, Scotland’s national squad and academy will also be able to make use of the facility in the coming months and years.
“This type of facility wasn’t around when I was young,” said Sam, who seemed particularly impressed to hear that the indoor centre would be used by children as young as five.
“It is great that they are starting them at that age as it
is important that young golfers get off on the right footing. Maybe we will see a Rory McIlroy or Sandy Lyle come from Loretto.”
Housed in the school’s former swimming complex, the building has been transformed into an indoor golfing paradise and the new facility will build upon Loretto’s development and golf coaching programme.
It includes an indoor driving range, short game facility, putting analysis, and a teaching studio with video analysis and Trackman technology.
Scottish Golf’s Hamish Grey said: “Loretto School has really embraced golf. It is the premier golf school, not just in the UK, but in Europe.”