The owners of Bentham Golf Club in North Yorkshire have taken the opportunity of the recent lockdown closures to overhaul the clubhouse and pro shop in readiness for golf’s return on March 29.
The layout improvements at the family-owned club mean that checking in, shopping and dining are now all under one roof, with longer opening hours for refreshments.
With the larger golf shop now located inside the main clubhouse alongside the 1922 Bar & Kitchen, visitors and members can browse the leisurewear and equipment while waiting for food and drink to arrive. The new-look pro shop stocks an extended range of equipment and apparel for all golfers and also boasts features an indoor putting area.
The club has invested in a FlightScope radar launch monitor to help assess and improve a golfer’s game in the new swing studio, where club fittings and indoor coaching can take place.
Jamie Millar, Bentham’s Head PGA Professional, is hoping that the new more relaxed facilities will encourage a more family-friendly atmosphere, and encourage newcomers to take up the game. He said: “Just turn up in comfortable clothes, sensible shoes and an open mind. Equipment is provided and we’ll show you the ropes. You can start with a bucket of balls at the driving range while you get the feel of swinging a club, then have a go out on the course, where you can play nine or 18 holes, depending on your stamina.”
During the spring Millar and his team will be offering ‘Get into Golf’ tuition aimed at groups of beginners with a course of five lessons for £40, where newcomers to the game can enjoy learning with other people and make new friends to play games with as they develop their skills together.