King's Launches New Golf Facility
King's has recently expanded its sporting provision to include a golf practice facility on its school grounds.
The purpose of the facility is to introduce the game to our pupils across both King’s Hall and King’s College. Often a restrictive game for many reasons, we are aiming to help to encourage more pupils to take up the sport and for current players to improve their (short) game.
Boasting a top spec artificial golf green with six golf holes, all with varying degrees of difficulty and undulations, the green responds like a normal golf green but with the added benefit of minimal maintenance. We have also installed some chipping practice pods as well as a range hitting area. Open for pupils to use in their spare time, the new facility will further enhance our provision, that includes membership and use of Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club, where pupils of all abilities receive regular tuition from Ali Williams, a local golf professional at the club.
Phil Lewis, our Director of Sport, an accomplished golfer himself, said: “It has been really encouraging to see so many pupils already out using this facility. We offer a broad range of opportunities here at King's, and whether they are practising seriously or just having some fun with their friends, I am so pleased with what we have produced. A huge thank you goes to our alumni – the OA golf society and our OA Committee – and all those who have played their part in helping to raise funds for this wonderful facility. We look forward to helping even more pupils gain access to the game and to improve their skills.”
Leading the golf provision, Mr Lewis will be supported by our Head of Football, James Ward, who also helps with the South West junior programme. With strong links with local clubs, we're looking forward to seeing our golf offering expand and develop further.
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