Last year the golf club obtained a grant from the County Council's Olympic Legacy Fund for the specific use of the development of the coaching facilities at the club. The grant was available to support capital improvements to facilities, aimed at assisting members to improve their game skills and with introduction of new players to the sport. This grant money was secured following extensive work by Simon Collingwood who prepared the bid in conjunction with the green committee; completion was made possible thanks to the additional work taken on by Graeme Macdonald and his team. Thanks must also go to Matthew Bloor of the Nottinghamshire County Golf Partnership, Lauren Spray, Get into Golf Officer & Coach Academy Co-ordinator and Sarah Williams of Notts County Council.
The grant was used to develop the practice range for the benefit of members, particularly during the winter months and to greatly improve the areas used for individual and group coaching. This included the installation of two areas of Huxley Premier Tee Turf, one area being 100 feet in length situated to the right of the telegraph pole, the second 84 feet positioned in front of the covered bays. The first area was raised up to provide a better perspective of the landing area. The second area was designed primarily for coaching sessions; additional game improvement aids were added to the covered bays and a protective fence introduced.
The summer grass hitting area in front of the raised area has been improved by additional seeding and top dressing so that players can develop their skills as if they were on the golf course. Work here will be ongoing and we hope to introduce a natural pitching/chipping green with bunker within the coaching area. Trees and undergrowth have been cleared and this work will be completed as golf club funds allow. This may take some time to complete to the required standard as drainage work and irrigation need to be included.