Tee off in state-of-art performance studio

BAD weather no longer stops play at Saddleworth where golfers can play 12 months a year following the opening of a new state-of-the-art performance studio.

Professional Andy Earlam, working in conjunction with the club, spent nearly a year refurbishing the semi-derelict former clubhouse and transforming it into a multi-faceted swing room.

It has been equipped with a GC Quad, the same as used by Sky Sports, that enables visitors to play a top American course, practice, have lessons and also custom fitting for clubs.

“The performance studio enhances the facilities for members,” said Andy, whose father Vic carried out much of the work.

“It is there for all to use, and hopefully it will also attract visitors.

“Other clubs have swing rooms, but this is bigger than most and also incorporates a shop.”

Andy, who has invested a lot of money into the venture, has bought rights for the Teton Pines golf course in the United States.

He will eventually add more but, at £2,000 a course, it is a considerable outlay.

Golfers can hire the golf course simulator at £35 per hour and a four-ball can be played. Nine holes can be completed in an hour.

The swing room is located in the first clubhouse that was a second-hand structure bought from Oldham Golf Club in 1912.

After the new clubhouse was built, it was used as junior changing rooms and former professional Rob Johnson’s swing shed.

Andy offers lessons at £40 per hour or £25 for 30 minutes, hiring the course simulator at £35 per hour for a maximum of four people and practice facilities at £25 per hour.

Twelve-month membership packages are available for the performance studio.

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