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PICTURES: State-of-the-art new Centre for Golf unveiled at Dornoch


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North Highland College UHI unveiled its new Centre for Golf at Dornoch earlier this week.

The purpose-built indoor golf facility is an extension to the college’s Dornoch campus, previously known as Burghfield House.

Designed to improve golf students' learning experience, the state-of-the-art facility has been outfitted with the highest specification equipment.

The unveiling earlier this week was attended by representatives from the university, local community, local golf clubs and the Professional Golfers Association (PGA).

North Highland College principal Debbie Murray said: “The substantive investment we have made in Dornoch cements our place within golf education.

"With our new, high-quality facility, our highly trained staff and excellent programmes in professional golf and golf management, we will continue to provide benefits for students.

"Next year the centre will also be open to the public on a commercial basis and ahead of that milestone, we very much look forward to welcoming our communities in for a series of planned open days over the winter.”

The large. open-plan space includes a large putting surface and three swing bays. This area features; SAM Puttlab; Trackman swing analysis and simulator studios; GASP camera and pressure plate systems; GCQuad Bay; Zen Greenstage; and PuttView training.

This facility is unique in the region and provides opportunities for community engagement as well as public access in the future.

The college’s curriculum leader for golf and sport, Alan Fleming, has been involved in designing the new facility.

He said: "The world class facilities will provide the student with a learning environment where they can develop their coaching skills, their industry knowledge and their own golf game.

"Alongside the golf facilities and the equipment workshop, the new classroom spaces provide an excellent and flexible learning space for all our students.

"We can also now host public usage of the facility as well as workshops and events with our industry partners. This also adds to the opportunity for our students to gain experience and exposure to golf industry expertise while here in Dornoch.

"This facility was also designed to supplement the quality golf provision in the region and to add to Dornoch and the surrounding area as a destination for golf."

Dornoch Area Community Council chairman and town provost Paddy Murray, said: "Dornoch congratulates UHI on the opening of the new Centre for Golf.

"The new centre and extension will enable the highly successful professional golf courses to expand, and to bring young people from all over the globe to Dornoch."

Royal Dornoch Golf Club general manager Neil Hampton said: "The UHI golf programmes will now be market-leading as a result of students being trained with the latest analysis equipment, giving them skills which are required around the world.

"While the benefits of growing the student population in Dornoch is obvious, the local golfers, and maybe some visiting golfers, can also benefit from this technology and improve their own golf games when the centre opens to the public commercially."

The Dornoch campus continues to house the university’s Centre for History and the college’s professional cookery and hospitality courses.


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