Bay in play

Whitley Bay Golf Club president Lord Hastings officially opened the club’s new state-of-the-art indoor golf studio and congratulated the club on the success of the project.

Built with the help of a £75,000 grant from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund – the balance being contributed to by the club themselves – the project has taken more than three years to complete.

Lord Hastings said: “I know from experience how time consuming and difficult obtaining grant funding can be and the club should be very proud of their efforts and the success they have achieved.”

Lord Hastings opened the studio with the Mayor of North Tyneside Norma Redfearn in attendance and a large crowd of club members.

Club chairman Keith Atkinson said: “The studio will enhance the major improvements to the course currently under way and allows us to encourage more people to play golf from juniors to seniors.”

The purpose-built studio has two teaching, assessment and practice bays – one with swing analysis and simulated golf technology. The second is split into two driving bays, one also with swing analysis technology.

The studio has full disabled access and state-of-art GC2 and Skytrak launch monitors.