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Holyhead GC on course for Ryder Cup legacy
Holyhead Golf Club has underlined its commitment to young golfers in North Wales by completing works to, and officially opening, their upgraded practice ground which will be used to assist with coaching and golf development work.
The newly improved practice area features two artificial greens and a chipping green, creating a hard wearing, easy to maintain area suitable for golfers of all abilities. Fourteen artificial tee mats have also been installed, positioned on slightly elevated on banks around these greens. Allied to the facilities already in place is an established 18-hole course with a putting green.
The development was made possible following support of over £20,000 from the Ryder Cup Wales Legacy Fund and following an additional investment of around £5,000 from Holyhead Golf Club.
Attending the official opening at Holyhead Golf Club on Wednesday, 28th October Ryder Cup Wales Chairman, John Jermine, said: "Golf is a wonderful game for all ages and these marvellous new facilities will help Holyhead attract new players and make it easy for them to learn the game. It's a lovely place to go to have lessons and to hit a few balls just for pleasure."
Holyhead Golf Club is one of three clubs on Anglesey to receive support from the Ryder Cup Wales Legacy Fund; Anglesey Golf Club has been awarded funding to create 18 beginner tees on its existing golf course and Anglesey Council are developing a new secondary school golf course and portable hole facility at Bodedern.
In addition, Llangefni Golf Club has recently been awarded the status of Golf Union of Wales Regional Centre of Excellence for North West Wales following a considerable cash injection. Over £225,000 of National Lottery funding, provided by the Sports Council for Wales, has made possible the development of a 16-bay 250 yard floodlit driving range, three artificial target practice greens, short course training holes and bunkers and three replacement holes.
Holyhead Golf Club's Captain, Steve Hambley, explained that the newly improved facility at Holyhead will be used to help increase the number of young people participating in the game of golf:
"This is a significant improvement which will enhance the golfing experience and act as a stepping stone for youngsters and those new to the game. We are seeing a steady rise in the number of juniors interested in the sport and, through the club and Golf Development Wales' efforts, we are keen to build on that even more."
The £2m Legacy Fund, provided by the Welsh Assembly Government as part of the successful bid to host The 38th Ryder Cup in 2010, is administered by the Sports Council for Wales and aims to help build and improve publicly accessible golf facilities throughout Wales.