The tee line is composed of ProTee all-weather turf and is part of a new extension to the Golf Practice Centre which was officially opened at the end of August by Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A.
Operated by St Andrews Links Trust, the body responsible for the administration and maintenance of the courses at St Andrews, including the Old Course, the extension houses the cutting edge St Andrews Links Golf Academy and a custom fit studio along with 12 new covered bays, bringing the total number of bays available to the public to 51.
“This development represents a substantial investment on the part of St Andrews Links Trust,” commented Kevin Mackay, Golf Practice Centre manager. “We look for partners that can supply us with the very best in equipment and materials. Our professionals tested ProTee last winter and were very positive on its feel and playability. We were also pleased how little maintenance it required, despite being heavily used.
“We installed our 60-metre long ProTee tee-line at the start of the summer season and continue to be very impressed with its performance. Feedback from our customers has been excellent.”
Paul Chester, director of The Green Approach said, “We supplied the Links Trust with a sample of our ProTee turf last year so that it could be evaluated against a number of other products on the market. We are delighted to have come out on top in such a rigorous examination and we are thrilled to be supplying such a prestigious venue as St Andrews.”
ProTee is made up of 4cm long self-supporting polypropylene fibres on a urethane backing. Balls can be played from a tee or directly from the surface. It is suitable for tee-lines on practice areas and also for winter tees on golf courses and is in use throughout the UK and Ireland.
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