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‘Realistic’ new range at Stone in Staffs

12.48am 21st June 2011 - Course Development - This story was updated on Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Stone Golf Driving Range

Stone Driving Range has been set up by Jim Ball, the former director of Hanley Glass and China, and Rob Grier, who has been a PGA professional for the last 18 years and coaches players in the men’s and women’s European Tours.

After 18 months of construction work the 28 bay floodlit driving range has been formed to replicate holes on a golf course. With contours, fairways, bunkers and target greens it has a unique outfield which makes practice more enjoyable and more effective. The range mats are by True Strike and the range balls are from Srixon.

“Combine all this with expert advice and you have the perfect place to refine and improve your game,” say the proprietors. “You can also get extra golf balls using the Stone Privilege card scheme. The newly designed practice facilities at Stone have been purpose built to offer you a state of the art range that will appeal to the novice and seasoned professional.”

Stone Driving Range also boasts a highly advanced club and ball fitting suite to ensure that when buying equipment it is matched to the individual perfectly.

The project was financed by a £340,000 loan from The Co-operative Bank. Paul Gutberlet, corporate manager at The Co-operative Bank’s North Midlands corporate banking centre in Stafford, said: “This is a young and growing business and the bank’s strategy is to develop long-term relationships with our customers.

“The funding arrangement shows that even in today’s uncertain economic climate, we’re still lending to businesses with impressive business strategies, such as Stone Driving Range, who we very much look forward to supporting in the future.”

Stone Driving Range


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