LONG gone are the days when Crompton and Royton Golf Club members are left with an eye on the weather forecast every time they play.
They can now play the game 24/7 and 365 days a year thanks to a new indoor golf centre that has opened at the High Barn course.
The superb facility is the culmination of nearly 12 months planning to transform part of the locker room into an indoor golfing experience that professional Martin Beaty describes as “second to none”.
It has cost a five-figure sum, though Martin says 60-per-cent was saved from the original quote by members carrying out much of the work.
Powered by award-winning FSX and Foresight Sports GC Quad software, members can play, compete, practice, learn and be custom fitted all in the comfort of the clubhouse.
Martin said: “The software will enable members to play 150 courses worldwide while there is an interactive driving range including skills tests and teaching.
“One of the attractions is that members can play at night. And it is all done from the warmth of the clubhouse.”
The objective is to increase trade in the quiet winter months with Martin able to offer indoor lessons and custom club fitting from the new facility.
The official opening was attended by club captain Andy Williamson, lady captain Joyce Adams and president Paul Brannan.