Sergio Garcia, Paul Casey, Padraig Harrington and Colin Montgomerie have all visited Playgolf Northwick Park since August – one third of the victorious European Ryder Cup team, on a golf course one third normal size.
Colin Montgomerie said, “It’s fantastic, a great idea, the quality is here.” Harrington called it “a little oasis in an urban desert”, Garcia said it was “totally unique” and their Ryder Cup team mate Casey rated Playgolf Northwick Park’s greens as equal to those found at a Major championship.
The Middlesex golf and leisure complex – known for its six-hole ‘Majors’ course featuring tributes to famous golf holes – is celebrating its first anniversary by releasing a set of figures that will be the envy of many a golf club.
Playgolf Northwick Park is a 6-hole, £7 million family golf & leisure complex which opened in November 2005. It is owned and operated by Playgolf (Holdings) plc. The 6-hole ‘Majors’ course features full-size ‘tributes’ to great golf holes from the world’s great golf courses, including Augusta National, Royal Troon and The Belfry.
Playgolf Northwick Park has a 56-bay floodlit and heated 2-tier range, home to the Premium Golf Schools teaching academy, plus The National Short Game Centre golf practice area, the 9-hole ‘Mini Majors’ Adventure golf course, ‘The Dunes’ children’s golf course, the Phillips Golfworks custom-fitting and club repair centre, the Uniq gymnasium, the Amano cafà© bar and restaurant, and the UK’s only full-size baseball and softball batting cages.
The complex is also home to Baseball Softball UK and to the Middlesex Golf Union, and has hosted conferences and meetings for firms such as RBS, Carphone Warehouse and Barclays Bank.
“All aspects of Playgolf Northwick Park are now thriving,” says Playgolf’s Jimmy Wallace, general manager at the facility. “As we reach our first anniversary, we have got our prices right, our greens are as good as any on Tour, a huge amount of people now visit us each week, and we are becoming a key venue in the UK promotional and corporate golf market.”
“Playgolf Northwick Park has created great excitement among golfers and companies in the south of England,” continues Wallace. “People can’t believe they’re playing on greens as good as those at Augusta for just £15, within 30 minutes on the tube from central London.”
Almost 30% of visitors to Playgolf Northwick Park are under 18 years of age and almost 60% are from the local Asian community.
The £7 million family golf and leisure complex has released performance figures that show the dramatic effect the facility has had on the surrounding area:
Further recent developments at Playgolf Northwick Park include:
2006 European Order of Merit winner Padraig Harrington gave a clinic at Playgolf Northwick Park on behalf of Wilson in September. Recent HSBC World Matchplay champion Paul Casey enthusiastically praised the golf course’s immaculate greens. Sergio Garcia spent the day there with his sponsors TaylorMade-adidas, and Ryder Cup talisman Colin Montgomerie was there on 17th October with the leading juniors from the HSBC Wee Wonders programme.
Wallace comments, “Each successive month this summer we’ve broken our previous records for green fees sold and driving range usage. The photo shoot shows that our golf course has matured and is the match of anything in the UK. We are getting increasingly busy: new customers are finding us every week and are saying good things about how very different we are from the average golf club. Our new membership schemes and teaching packages are particularly popular, and we are enjoying proving that this ambitious concept can deliver a successful business.”
Middlesex County Golf Union Secretary Andy Williams is now based at Playgolf Northwick Park, and comments, “I have been impressed with how quickly the facility has built a strong and loyal clientele, and the practice facilities at The National Short Game Centre at Playgolf Northwick Park are in my opinion the best in the county. We are encouraging all Middlesex golfers, especially club teams, to sharpen up their short games here.”
Wallace adds, “We’re ecstatic that so many of Europe’s top golfers are coming here and comparing our golf course favourably with the ones they play on Tour around the world.”
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