Up to the challenge

Stay sharp this winter with the Golf Skills Challenge at Close House

With the final competitions of the season done it’s time to head to the range to tweak and sharpen your game ahead of the 2017 season – and the PGA Academy at Close House has just the thing to keep your game sharp this winter.

The Golf Skills Challenge tests each element of your game across six disciplines, from pitching to driving, all scored out of 10 and taking around half an hour to complete.

Head PGA professional at Close House Matthew Naylor says: “With increasing time pressure for all golfers, it’s vital we make the most of our practice and the Golf Skills Challenge is an ideal way to practice with a purpose.

“The key to good practice is to work on each area of the game and make your time on the range as close to being on the golf course as possible. The PGA Academy is the ideal place to do this with the floodlit driving range and quality balls which offer real feedback on your shots.”

The Skills Challenge runs throughout the year and is open to members and visitors to the PGA Academy – just pick up a card when you pay for your basket of balls.

“In the last 10 years we have seen a dramatic change in golf club and golf ball technology,” added Naylor. “Driving distances have increased but average club handicaps remain the same and this is down to the way many amateur golfers practice.

“By recording your scores throughout the year it’s easy to track improvement, and working through the Challenge regularly should deliver results for every level of golfer.” The PGA Academy at Close House is open daily to members and visitors. Academy Membership, which includes use of the short game practice area and Yearling par three course, a round on the Lee Westwood Filly Course, and a 10% discount across the Close House resort is £15 per month. For more information call 01661 85 22 55.