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Opening of £3 million Golf Complex

9.00am 8th October 2001 - Courses

The £3 million Haigh Hall Golf Complex in Wigan is Sport England’s largest funded golf project to date. Funding has also been received from the R&A and the European Regional Development Fund.

Phase One of the Complex will be declared officially open later today by European Ryder Cup Captain, Sam Torrance. This includes the ‘Crawford’ nine-hole short course, the ‘Himalayan’ putting green, purpose-built golf academy and practice area and a golf visitor centre.

“This facility,” said Councillor Brain Baldwin, Wigan Council’s Cabinet member for Cultural Services, “is designed not only to meet the demands of the established player, but also to provide opportunities and support to developing golfers, particularly school children and female players.”

Sam Torrance’s visit is sponsored by Titleist. Local primary school children will be hitting shots under Sam’s watchful eye.

“The complex offers a unique opportunity for golfers of all abilities to develop and enjoy the game,” said Tim Sharratt, Haigh Hall & Country Park manager.

Next summer will see the opening of the 18 hole ‘Balcarres’ course, reconstructed on behalf of the Council by J Mallinson of Ormskirk.

Haigh Hall Golf Complex hhgc@wiganmbc.gov.uk

Sam Torrance www.samtorrance.com

       

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