Liam Gallagher is Urban Golf champion

A name better known from the music world is now London’s Best Golfer

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Liam Gallagher (middle) is joined by Pebble Beach head of sales Tim Ryan (left) and Urban Golf co-founder James Day (right)

Some Might Say he will be feeling Supersonic; like he’ll be able to Live Forever; like he’s on a Champagne Supernova. Some may even point out he has Morning Glory...

Because Little By Little Urban Golf gave Liam Gallagher the chance to officially become London’s Best Golfer and fly All Around the World to play golf on some of the finest courses on the planet.

Inaugurating the search for the finest indoor player in the capital, 24 finalists were whittled down to just three before the namesake of the Oasis frontman defeated scratch handicapper Sam Maloney and Tony Moss in a nine-hole sims shootout at Kensington National.

As reward for his performance around the digital Pebble Beach track the Londoner was presented with a trip to the real thing, including flights, accommodation and three rounds of golf - including Pebble, Spanish Bay and Spyglass.

Urban Golf also handed out the same prize to London’s Luckiest Golfer, Matt Penn, whose name was plucked from the hat after competing in London’s Best Golfer.  

But Don’t Look Back in Anger because entries are open for the 2013 event - so Roll With It.

Right, enough of these Oasis puns. They are quite irritating. D’ya Know What I Mean?

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Based in High Street Kensington, Soho and Smithfield, Urban Golf provides state-of-the-art golf simulator technology used by the likes of Luke Donald. It also provides beginner golf lessons starting from £129 for three 30 minute lessons. Click here to see what we thought of the new Urban Golf technology. For more information about the brand, London’s Best Golfer and other competitions visit www.urbangolf.co.uk

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Have you ever played at Urban Golf before? If so, what did you think of it?

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 15:22

There used to be an equivalent in Edinburgh, "The Clubhouse". I went there a few times and was great fun, a few beers and golf in warm and dry conditions. And no nasty 3 footers (6 feet and in was a gimme).

Sadly, it went into liquidation, which was a shame. I think its a business model that should work, but the Edinburgh offering made a big pitch for a "proper" dining experience. I think a focus on drinks and simple bar snacks would have paid dividends.

Is there anywhere else in Central Scotland that offers this?

I am down in London occasionally with my work. If I am down and available for an evening, I'll put a post to see if anyone else wants to join me for an evening at Urban Golf.

For a hefty discount, I'd be happy to provide a review for Golfmagic 

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 15:35

Good points MG, and I agree - no publicity / marketing, I only found it by accident via a web search. A great idea and venture wasted.

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 16:18

There's a similar place in Leeds near the railway station. Great fun.

http://www.indoorgolfcafebarleeds.co.uk/

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 11:20

I have visited both the Smithfield and Soho venues. I enjoyed it. It was £20 an hour (back then) but I think that was per bay rather than per person (I was on my own anyway). The shot detection seemed pretty accurate (certainly had my slice down to a 'T') but the big flaw/failing was the putting side of things which was a bit pants. That said, when I played, I just played tee-to-green and then skipped to the next hole (I wasn't that bothered about the putting anyway).

Each bay had a several racks of new TaylorMade equipment (with left and right handed, graphite and steel, ladies and mens variants) and the balls in the bay ranged from ProV1/ProV1x's to budget balls, so as an experience, pretty much everything was covered. One of the key things is the choice of course on offer: St Andrews, Royal Melbourne, Pinehurst #2, etc. Ok, now where near playing them for real but a decent facsimile (especially if you doubt you'll ever get to play the real thing in person).

There was mention of one of the future course upgrades being the hallowed acres of Augusta National. I don't know if they ever managed to procure those rights but with the likes of Tiger Woods 2012 now including The Masters venue, I hope so.

It was central London (where I was working away), mid February and the whole country was covered in snow, so any golf in a warm environment (and with a beer to hand) was welcome relief to the purgatory outside!

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 11:43

One in Manchester too, "The Green" I think, near Picadilly/N.Quarter. Really enjoyable couple of hours on a Monday night just before Christmas, all Cobra equipment. Not sure how accurate it is, I was hitting a lovely draw...

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 11:44

McStumpy wrote (see)

There used to be an equivalent in Edinburgh, "The Clubhouse". I went there a few times and was great fun, a few beers and golf in warm and dry conditions. And no nasty 3 footers (6 feet and in was a gimme).

Sadly, it went into liquidation, which was a shame. I think its a business model that should work, but the Edinburgh offering made a big pitch for a "proper" dining experience. I think a focus on drinks and simple bar snacks would have paid dividends.

Is there anywhere else in Central Scotland that offers this?

I am down in London occasionally with my work. If I am down and available for an evening, I'll put a post to see if anyone else wants to join me for an evening at Urban Golf.

For a hefty discount, I'd be happy to provide a review for Golfmagic 

The Golf Lounge in Glasgow city centre

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 11:57

They used to have one at our local golf range, c.1984.

Tonk ball at screen, tonk ball from where it was supposed have finished up.........repeat until on green.

Once "on the green", the lights would come up, and you'd be instructed to put from A, B, etc. Hole out, then input how many puts you'd taken.

I think you could get a fourball around 18 in an hour, but memory has been dulled in the 30 yrs since......

May have been called Par T Golf, or similar.

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 12:10