New golf academies make Kent a destination of performance excellence


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Golfmagic Course News
Fri, 24 Aug 2012

Former Open Championship venue Prince’s Golf Club has strengthened Kent’s status as a region of golf performance excellence by becoming the latest course in the county to invest in academy facilities.

The new Links Golf Academy, which will open its doors next month, will be England’s first specialist centre dedicated to links golf.

Golfers of all levels and abilities will be able to capitalise on the professional expertise, high-tech equipment and pioneering facilities, which include grass tees and indoor bays to cater for all weather conditions.

Among other major developments being undertaken inKentis London Golf Club’s planned European Tour Performance Institute.

When completed this state-of-the-art facility will feature an innovative nine-hole Academy Course, fully-covered driving range and inventive short-game facility. 

It will be the first of its kind in the UK and promises to raise the bar in golf coaching and sports science by utilising the very latest technology, biomechanics and tools developed by elite professionals and medical specialists on the European Tour.

These new facilities compliment the recently-opened Leaderboard Golf Performance Centre at Chart Hills Golf Club in Biddenden, where sports psychologist Karl Steptoe and conditioning expert Rob Goldup focus on the three main aspects of a golfer’s game: mind, body and skill.

“Kenthas invested significantly in its facilities, ensuring all golfers can not only experience championship courses but also benefit from world-class coaching academies,” said Visit Kent’s chief executive Sandra Matthews-Marsh.

“With all of these developments, I am certain our goal of establishingKentas a region of golf performance excellence is coming to fruition.”

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