Scots club embraces community spirit with state-of-the-art facility

Stirling Gcacademy

Stirling Golf Club has officially opened its new academy facility, designed by Swan Golf Designs, to its membership and to the local community.

The all-new academy, constructed for the cost of £150k, consists of a putting green, two short game areas, bunker practice areas and an outfield range with eight purpose-built targets, all of which have been artificially surfaced.

The exciting new project comes as part of a ten-year vision being implemented at the club in partnership with Swan Golf Designs, with a heavy focus has been placed on engaging the local community.

• Is this the worst shot Rory has ever hit?

• Scotland to stage new European Tour event

“The academy has been laid out in such a way as to encourage people in the community to take up the game,” said Howard Swan of Swan Golf Designs.

“The design allows for wheelchair access for those who are physically disabled, and also to allow those who are disadvantaged in society to be able to play the game and give all the chance to experience golf. Developing a facility which could cater for those benefitting from the ‘Golf in Society’ initiative, which gives dementia sufferers the chance to play, was always a prominent part of the concept.”

One of the short game academies for chipping and bunker play is surfaced with natural grass, the other artificial. Each of the surfaces features varying depth of bunkers, varying heights of mounds, wedge play from different elevations around the target surfaces.

The academy course features false bunkers which still gives the perspective and framing to the greens but allows for a reduced amount of maintenance making it much more cost-effective.

• Former Open champ tests positive for COVID-19

The project was funded partly through a levy raised from the members and from a grant delivered by Sport Scotland and Swan says that Stirling are now an example club for the national agency for sport.

“Sport Scotland described the plan and the document as an ‘exemplary approach’ for golf clubs in the future. That’s exactly what I want this to be seen as and for other clubs to realise that they can do this, make the most of their space and revamp themselves to appeal to the wider community.”

Stirling Gcacademy1

“What we have got here is a lot better than what we had previously and its revamped the club,” said James Lindsay, course manager at Stirling Golf Club.

“We can now offer a lot more people at the club and in the community a lot more than what we could previously. It’s been fantastic to see it come to life as where the artificial putting surface is now with the two bunkers flanking it, before that was just a tipping ground and a dead space. To see us now make the most of what we have here is excellent.”

• New Titleist TSi2 and TSi3 drivers surface

Originally scheduled for April, the academy’s opening was delayed until June because of the coronavirus pandemic, and initially play is being limited to the membership with the hope of it opening to the public later in September.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
2022 Driver Test | Which one is going in my bag?
Drivers
play button
The most powerful PING irons ever? | PING i525 review
Ping
play button
I'll be using the Vokey SM9 wedges... and you should too
Titleist
play button
The driver that has it all? | COBRA LTDx drivers REVIEWED!
Cobra
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

DP World Tour members at war over LIV Golf
Patrick Reed could play Scottish Open despite LIV switch
DP World Tour chief issues scathing response to LIV legal threat
Reports: LIV stars threaten DP World Tour with legal action
Will Zalatoris addresses LIV speculation

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Increase your speed through the ball
Callaway
play button
Don’t take the club away to the inside
Watch
play button
Extend your arms through impact
Watch
play button
Keep your left arm straight
Watch
See all videos right arrow