News Roundup

A New Start At Horsley Lodge Golf Club

 Horsley Lodge Golf & Hotel, Derbyshire, used the lock-down time to reassess where they wanted to go in the business market place and have made some quite dramatic changes during this time.

On reopening, the ‘Restaurant and Patio Areas’ have become the new ‘Members’ Lounge and Terrace’, which will now be exclusively for members and their guests of Horsley Lodge to use and will not be open to the public.

They will continue to operate their excellent conference and banqueting facilities alongside the club in their private rooms, and bookings are now being taken as they re-instate the extremely popular afternoon teas, champagne breakfasts and Sunday lunches, which will be at specific times on a reservation only basis. 

As General Manager Richard Odell explains: 

“The general public have always perceived us as a more “Private Members’ Club” and this way gives our 500+ members even more value for money with their own dedicated spaces, the best seats in the house and the our fantastic views over the golf course and rolling Derbyshire hills.”

Head Chef James Hassall has designed a menu around the golf member’s preferences, which continue to support local seasonal produce with now pre-discounted food and beverage members’ prices to match.

Horsley Lodge will continue with its exceptional accommodation - which is recognised as a stopping off place and gateway to the Peak District - will remain one of the most popular wedding venues. With private rooms of all sizes, celebrations and pre-booked events will still be available to reserve these events, but now at a more exclusive private club.

Richard Salt, club owner added: “ We have streamlined our market to our 500 members and it’s a lot easier to target them by newsletter each week. Significant cost savings have been achieved in many areas, and the future suddenly looks a lot clearer!”

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BGL joins forces with the Slip! Slap! Swing! Campaign to help tackle skin cancer

Burhill Golf and Leisure (BGL) has pledged its support for the Melanoma Fund, promoting sun safety and raising awareness by joining the Slip! Slap! Swing! campaign.

All 10 BGL Golf venues, along with the company’s two outdoor Adventure Leisure sites in Tonbridge and Sidcup, have become Sun Protection Accredited by nominating an ambassador at the club, raising awareness with posters, and ensuring that plenty of sunscreen is readily available for golfers.

Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, has more than doubled in the UK in the last 30 years, with golfers on the UV hot spot due to prolonged sun exposure, with little shade and highly UV-reflective surfaces such as grass, water and sand contributing to the risk.

Commenting on joining the movement, Colin Mayes, CEO of BGL, said: “We are delighted to support the Slip! Slap! Swing! campaign and believe it’s high time the industry raised more awareness about the dangers of sustained sun exposure to golfers. 

“Our customers and teams’ safety are paramount to us; more than ever in the current climate. The risks are real, and we commend the work undertaken by the cause thus far. As golfers, it’s a disease we should all be concerned about and certainly the drive to generate awareness as to the causes and appropriate steps for protection is something BGL wholeheartedly supports. Ensuring our members, guests and staff stay safe and protected is not a choice, it’s a necessity.”

Since it was established in 2019, the Slip! Slap! Swing! campaign has garnered significant traction, with nearly all of the game’s leading organisations backing the drive to promote increased sun safety, plus a team of dedicated golf industry ambassadors.

Michelle Baker, CEO of the Melanoma Fund, added: “It has been an incredible summer for the Slip! Slap! Swing! campaign. Despite the challenges of a pandemic, forward thinking golf clubs have been keen to support our aim ‘to drive skin cancer off the fairway’ by becoming Sun Protection Accredited.

“To have an organisation like BGL on-board is yet another landmark for us, offering even more credibility, and hopefully inspiring more groups to do the same and ultimately, keeping more golfers safe.”

Accreditation can be achieved by visiting www.melanoma-fund.co.uk/golfregistering and pledging five actions which are designed to be easy to implement, but at the same time creating maximum impact on the sun protection habits of members and staff.

The charity aims to get 200 clubs on-board for 2020, reaching a potential audience of 80,000 golfers. Once signed up, all participating clubs receive free sunscreen and support in promoting their work, to help keep them motivated and sun savvy, right up until the end of September.

For further information visit the Melanoma Fund’s Slip! Slap! Swing! campaign at www.melanoma-fund.co.uk/golf #SlipSlapSwing20

For more information on Burhill Group Ltd visit www.bglcompany.co.uk or follow @BurhillGroupLimited on LinkedIn.

La Cala Resort Drives Inclusivity With Women’s Golf Day Celebrations

La Cala Resort redoubled its efforts to promote inclusivity and grow the game with a celebration of International Women’s Golf Day at its renowned academy on Tuesday. Golf balls fizzed across the driving range as did the Cava after La Cala’s resident teaching pros hosted a clinic and small drinks reception to mark the day. 

In previous years, La Cala Resort has hosted some of Spain’s largest celebrations of Women’s Golf Day. With social distancing protocols observed throughout, the unique circumstances of 2020’s event did little to diminish the enthusiasm of Women’s Golf Day – one of the most important dates in the resort’s calendar.

La Cala Resort Golf Sales Manager Silvia Ortega said: “As one of the leading golf resorts in Europe, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to promote women’s golf. Growing the game is incredibly important to us and it was fantastic to be able to participate in and celebrate this day, even if it was on a smaller scale than we would like to.”

Women’s Golf Day is a global event celebrating girls and women playing golf and learning the skills that last a lifetime. It is a collaborative effort by organisations from across the golf industry working together to engage, empower and support girls and women through golf.

Situated in the foothills of the Sierra de Mijas with breath-taking views of the Andalusian countryside and distant Mediterranean, La Cala Resort is a golfing mecca only 30 minutes from Malaga Airport. Three championship courses, designed by world-renowned architect Cabell B. Robinson, provide an exhilarating challenge while their four-star 107-room hotel is the perfect place to stay between rounds. Spain’s leading Hydrotherapy Health Spa, four restaurants and multiple bars complete the La Cala experience.

Testament to recent investment from Irish owners FBD Holdings, La Cala was named the Best 4* Golf Resort in Spain at the 2019 International Travel Awards, and Best 4* Hotel in both Spain and Europe at the 2019 Europe Hotel Awards. 

For further information on La Cala Resort please visit www.lacala.com. 

Woosnam to represent SkyTrak on Tour

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1991 Masters champion, World Golf Hall of Famer and new Legends Tour ambassador Ian Woosnam OBE will represent SkyTrak when he returns to Tour golf for the 2021 season.

After signing with the brand this summer, the European golf icon will now sport a SkyTrak-branded golf bag and will wear SkyTrak-branded clothing and headgear when he plays.

With the 2021 Legends Tour (formerly Staysure Tour / European Senior Tour) set to commence in late 2020, Woosnam expects to play a busy schedule over the next year including a few months competing in the USA in early 2021 before returning to Europe for the bulk of the Legends Tour season.

Woosnam has been using a SkyTrak to keep his game sharp at home in Jersey, and cites it as having played a key part in his recovery after a recent major back operation.

“I practise controlling my ball flight and spin rates on my SkyTrak at home, and it also gives me the accurate data I need for distance control,” said Woosnam. “I am absolutely confident in the numbers which SkyTrak gives me.

“I generally hit a draw, and on SkyTrak I spend a lot of time looking at the precise details of my Launch Angle degree and Side Spin rates as I work through the bag. I need to be able to hit a soft draw or a hard draw to order, and I do a lot of intensive practice in my SkyTrak swing room to achieve that.

“Amateur golfers should realise that it’s less about the actual distance you hit it, and more about whether you are hitting it squarely. SkyTrak really helps you to tune your swing and find that consistent impact, and it’s also great if you’re looking to find the right golf ball for you, which is something I also did recently on the SkyTrak.”

In 1987, four years before he won The Masters, ‘Woosie’ was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) – an arthritic condition which produces long-term inflammation of the joints of the spine.

Despite this, the Welsh star battled hard to become one of the game’s longest hitters and most prolific winners on Tour, and was in the vanguard of European golf’s rise in the late 80s and 90s alongside Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Sandy Lyle and Bernhard Langer – European golf’s historic ‘ Big Five’.

In January 2020 Woosnam had an operation on his L2 and L3 vertebrae to help correct his back condition, and subsequently lost 20lbs as he recovered his fitness and strength during lockdown by playing golf every day at his beloved La Moye Golf Club on the island of Jersey.

“Golf courses in Jersey stayed open during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said, “so I was able to play safely outdoors many times while recovering from the operation. However, I spent the majority of my pure practice time on the SkyTrak back at home.

“The AS condition I have means that I need to play golf quickly to keep my body warm. Having a SkyTrak at home enables me to keep the intensity at the right level, while I practise, and my body is more efficient because of it.

“The back operation has worked wonders and after countless hours on the SkyTrak and at La Moye I am feeling good about taking my game back out on Tour again.”

James Holmes, General Manager UK & Europe, said: “The worldwide SkyTrak team is energised by having Ian Woosnam on board. He is one of the true greats of the sport. 

“This isn’t just an endorsement deal where a player simply wears the logo. Ian owns and uses a SkyTrak at home, and really puts it through its paces, week in, week out. Working with a Tour player of his calibre is helping us to develop the product for the future for golfers of all skill levels – whether or not they own a Green Jacket!” 

Ian Woosnam is one of Europe’s all-time most successful golfers with 52 professional wins worldwide including several on the PGA Tour and European Senior Tour. Although his 1991 Masters victory is a career highlight, he is also the only man to top the annual Order Of Merit on both the European Tour and the European Senior Tour.

He represented Europe in eight consecutive Ryder Cups between 1983 and 1997, lifting the trophy five times, and is one of Europe’s top ten all-time Ryder Cup points-scorers. In 2006, he celebrated a sixth victory as the European team’s victorious Ryder Cup Captain at the K Club, and in 2017 he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Woosnam was recently named as one of the new ambassadors for the Legends Tour, which was launched on September 1st 2020 after being known formerly as the Staysure Tour, and as the European Senior Tour before that. Other Legends Tour ambassadors include fellow former Ryder Cup captains Darren Clarke, Mark James, Tom Lehman, Paul McGinley and Colin Montgomerie, plus 2005 U.S Open Champion Michael Campbell and 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie.

For all you need to know about SkyTrak in the UK, please see www.skytrakgolf.com, 

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