GOLF: Play all the world's top courses at North Oxford

North Oxford professional Lee Jackson uses the golf simulator which in this instance is portraying the seventh hole at the famous Pebble Beach course in the United States

North Oxford professional Lee Jackson uses the golf simulator which in this instance is portraying the seventh hole at the famous Pebble Beach course in the United States

First published in Sport

GOLF clubs and cutting edge technology do not always go together, but a compiuter innovation is proving a big hit at one of Oxfordshire’s leading clubs.

Last November, North Oxford took the plunge and teamed up with Chalgrove-based Golf Tech Systems to install an indoor golf simulator.

It may have taken a few members by surprise, but the club’s professional Lee Jackson has been delighted with the impact.

“We are a very established club and it’s a big leap,” he said.

“Some of the older school members walk in and think ‘what’s that in the corner?’ “But once they have a go they enjoy it.”

The machine has a variety of uses, from players having a brief warm-up before their round to a course of lessons, where the detailed analysis of shots can be very useful.

But arguably its most valuable asset is ensuring golf can be played whatever the weather.

Jackson said: “We installed the simulator pretty much in time for the bad weather this winter.

“The previous winter we lost lots of days with the snow and ice, when the course was shut for probably close to 30 days in total.

“The club decided they had to do something to keep people playing and an indoor simulator was a good way forward.

“What we have found is when the course was closed, the people that would normally play would come in and play a course in the desert.”

Jackson, whose favourite course on the simulator is Pebble Beach in California, also believes guaranteeing golf year-round helps with member retention.

Golf Tech Systems has designated the club as their first centre of excellence.

The aim is to have one in every county in the UK and interested parties from across the country have come for demonstrations, with the North Oxford club receiving a commission for each simulator sold.

Sport
Latest Sport news

FOOTBALL: Fitness pays off for Wheatley

Oxford Mail: football generic

6:30am Wednesday 26th November 2014

Wheatley Youth eventually progressed into the Oxford City FA Premier Cup semi-finals with a 5-3 extra time victory at Fairview.

Oxford United hope for Roberts return inside a month

Oxford Mail:

12:34pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

JAMES Roberts could return to Oxford United action in three or four weeks after his hamstring injury was found to be less serious than initially feared.

What's in our interactive back page today?

Oxford Mail:

12:04pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

Check out what is in our interactive back page today...

OTHER SPORT: Janette Cardy driven on by awards

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 25th November 2014

Janette Cardy was inspired to make a remarkable recovery from a career-threatening stroke by the prospect of returning to the Oxfordshire Sports Awards, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.

FOOTBALL: Abingdon are given incentive

Oxford Mail: football generic

8:00am Tuesday 25th November 2014

Abingdon United will entertain Hassocks or Ashford United in the FA Vase third round, if they win tomorrow’s replay at Littlehampton Town.

RUGBY UNION: Titans toppled as Chinnor leave it late

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 25th November 2014

NATIONAL 2 SOUTH

GOLF: Latest results

Oxford Mail: golf generic

8:00am Tuesday 25th November 2014

NORTH OXFORD

FOOTBALL: Wantage Town duo are ruled out

Oxford Mail: football generic

8:00am Tuesday 25th November 2014

Wantage Town will be without Ian Lovegrove and Sam Barder (suspended) when they host Cinderford Town in Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West tonight.

RUGBY UNION: Quins are thrashed by leaders

Oxford Mail: Oxford Harlequins full back Jack Robinson races through for one of his six tries during the 79-7 hammering of Swindon that sent Quins top

8:00am Tuesday 25th November 2014

NATIONAL 3 SOUTH WEST

RUGBY UNION: Heathcote's Blues hope

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 25th November 2014

FRASER Heathcote will get a late chance to push for Varsity Match selection when Oxford University host Loughborough University at Iffley Road tonight (7.30).

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree