Ping’s new state-of-the art club fitting centre at Gainsborough Golf Club will be open just in time for us to try the latest Ping irons, woods and putters at our Golfmagic Golf Day on Wednesday, October 1.
Equipment available to try includes the latest Ping S59 blades and G2 irons and the Si380 driver. There’s also the opportunity to check out the G2i putters on a newly designed putting green.
There are still a handful of places left for the 18-hole competition to be played on the stunning Neil Coles-designed Karsten Lakes course but non-refundable cheques must reach tournament organiser Paul Hodgson by September 23.
The price of £30 includes 18 holes, coffee and bacon rolls on arrival and lunch on completion. The competition will be stableford points with a handsome Golfmagic Trophy provided by premium trophy makers Birkdale Trophies for the winner and other prizes for runners-up.
Owned by Ping Europe, the golf club manufacturer which has its European HQ nearby, Gainsborough GC has two fine courses, the long-established Thonock as well as Karsten Lakes.
Named after the late Ping president Karsten Solheim, the course is 6,721 yards off the white tees and a par-72. Tees and greens are built to USGA specification and the large, undulating greens provide ample opportunity for a variety of pin placements. Just because you reach the short stuff doesn’t guarantee two putts. The course has four par-3s and four par-5s and a particularly tough finish.
The 16th is a stroke index 2 par-4, flanked by a creek on the right, the 17th a demanding par-3 over a lake and the 18th a 424-yard par 4 dogleg.
Signature hole is the ‘risk and reward’ 6th giving a choice of drive either short of a lake or a narrow target beside it.
Always in good condition the Gainsborough courses have the Red Arrows aerobatic pilots as honorary club members and annually host a popular Pro-Scratch tournament. The clubhouse is reputedly built in the style of Karsten Solheim's former home in Phoenix, Arizona.
If you wish to take part (first tee time for nearest travellers approximately 10am) you must send a non-refundable cheque to cover yourself and your friends (payable to Gainsborough GC).
Confirm your entry (with cheque) to: Paul Hodgson, 3 Templar Drive, Almondbury, West Yorkshire HD5 8HS.
The cost is £30 per person, which entitles you to cooked breakfast or coffee and bacon roll on arrival, 18 holes competition and light lunch to follow.
Those who may wish to stop over, either before or after the club has on-site flats priced at £35 per-person, based on four sharing and includes bed and breakfast. Alternatively the Hickman Hill hotel is based close by (01427 613639).
HOW TO GET THERE
From Scotland and the North take the A1(M) southbound to junction 34, then A614 to Bawtry where Gainsborough is signposted on A631. Golf club is signposted 1 mile after town centre on the left.
From the south take A1 turning on to A46 (Lincoln road); then A1133 and A158 before taking A631 through Gainsborough. From the west, take M62 (East), M18 (S) and M180 (E), joining A161 at Beckingham through Gainsborough.
We look forward to seeing you all there.
Last chance to join golf day and test Ping clubs