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Planning Easter Holidays?

As we tick off the md-term February break, we begin to focus on how we are going to entertain our kids during Easter - home or away, we've got it covered here!

With the hope we get good/dry weather, this could be the perfect time to enrol the kids to our golf coaching camps.  We are running daily classes from 9am drop off to 1pm collection time - a great break for you and a great chance for them to learn/develop their golfing skills.  All they need is their clubs (don't worry as we have spare junior clubs) and a packed lunch with a bottle of water!

Steven Maxwell our PGA Assistant Professional who runs our Junior Academy will be heading up the coaching camps this coming Easter break and he has a whole host of fun activities planned for all the budding golfers our there.  So, if you have kids who already play golf and want to come along, or, you're encouraging them to try a new sport, there's nothing better than golf!  All levels of golfers are welcome here!

Steven will be focussing on long iron shots, short game and putting over these 2 weeks with lots of fun activities planned along the way.  The kids will receive EXPERT PGA tuition right here!!

Prices per child per day is £15 and we offer a sibling discount of 10% - whether they want to come along and try it out for a day or a couple of days, you can sign them up for as little or as often as you like during the 2 weeks.

We have a sign up sheet in the Pro Shop, please call us on 01355 500285 to register and sign them up.

We look forward to seeing you in April!!

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The TGI Annual Conference & Awards, St. Andrews, February 2018

I've been the Head Pro here now since March 2015 and can honestly say that I love my job - well it's made easier for me as I love golf and golf is my business! 

I've never been nominated for any award - yes, I've won golf tournaments before - but I have to say this is totally different.  I was absolutely delighted to have got the call from Paul at TGI back in December to say that, alongside another 3 Pro's, I had been nominated for 'The Most Improved Business of 2017' Award.  I was surprised to say the least and humbled - moreso on Tuesday night when my name was called out on winning!

I have reflected quite a bit over these last few years on the changing trends in golf, especially private members clubs.  At Eastwood, we are without doubt, moving with the times - with a high-tec indoor teaching studio, fully equipped for custom fitting and coaching and a full retail/repair service in the Pro Shop - it's all going on here!  Membership is on the rise here and the people who play here enjoy it and make the most of their golf/work balance. 

However, with the presence of the big stores such as American Golf, Golf Shop Online etc it becomes increasingly difficult for the Club Pro to compete with price-matching etc - but for me, I always try to do my best in terms of price.  On the flip side of that, what you do get is PGA Professional service and advice - all the way.  Anything from what type of grips you need/how many layers of tape, advice on shoes, waterproofs, golf bags - clubs, custom fitting right through to coaching - it's EXPERT advice and support.  These big conglomerates don't offer you that.

When I was in St. Andrews on Tuesday night, I was in company of many PGA Pro's from around the UK and it was great (not to mention worthwhile) to catch up with these guys.  What was obvious to me was the common focus in business between us all - customer service and value for money - that's the role of the PGA Pro in my opinion.  Someone who is here for YOU, the golfer, to give you advice, offer you support - maybe at a time when your game has left you ..... not to mention all other aspects of golf.

So, to this end, I'd like to thank those who voted for me at TGI, all the members at Eastwood and all my coaching clients who support me in my golfing business.  I will continue to strive to provide the best service to you!


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To Buy a New Putter or Not ... that is the question!

What is your selection method for buying a new putter?  Is it brand name, head size/shape, you want to play with the same putter as your mate?    

In my professional opinion, there is no secret method for selecting a new putter aside from trying out different ones - different brands, different shaft lengths and putter heads!  It's only then, you can judge for yourself - it's a personal decision and an important one!  It's the only club in your bag that you'll ALWAYS use! 

Why would you invest the time to get fitted for a new Driver which you may use (at most) 15 times in a round, but neglect to be fitted for a putter?  Typically, a putter is used between 20-50 times throughout a round (depending on how you're playing of course!).

The Scotty Cameron putters are very highly rated by a variety of Tour players, who appreciate the attention to detail of Scotty Cameron.  We're hosting a FITTING WEEK here at our indoor teaching studio offering you the chance to try out the BRAND NEW RANGE OF Scotty Cameron Putters and the current range of the Futura putters.  All you need to do is give us a call to book a time in the diary - we'll have all the putters here for you to be fitted properly - use our indoor Huxley Putting Green and see how they feel! 

Precision is key on the greens!  That's why a Scotty putter is WORTH EVERY PENNY.

For Bookings, please email me at davidorrgolf@hotmail.com; facebook private message to David Orr Golf or call the Pro Shop on 01355 500285.


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Winter Sale NOW ON

Starts tomorrow and runs until 14th February.

After the recent bad weather, golf is probably the last thing on everyone's minds BUT we will hopefully be seeing better weather soon - always optimistic here!

New stock coming in around March time so we have END OF LINE CLEARANCE offers as well as other savings to be had in the Pro Shop!  Come along and see us and grab a bargain to kick start the golfing season ..... which will hopefully be sooner rather than later!

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Volvik ... Playing with a Coloured Golf Ball
You know what they say ... curiosity killed the cat.  Are you curious to try the VOLVIK VIVID ball?  Not that I want to kill your golf game or anything but I would encourage you to try these new balls - the chance of losing them out the course are minimal given the bright colours!!
We have a nice choice of green, orange and red - you'll certainly not lose sight of it in the air!  
On appearance, it looks like there are no dimples, thanks to the famous matt finish of the ball but once you pick it up you can certainly feel they are there.  It has a 3 piece ball construction with medium feel and spin - ideal for gents and ladiees.
These Volvik Vivid 3-piece ball provides longer distance for golfers with slower swing speeds and those looking for a softer feel and more consistent flight. It comes in a range of different colours and used by Two Time Master Champion, Bubba Watson! 
Only available from NOW in the UK, we have these in the Pro Shop on sale - so if you're curious to try them out, we'd love to hear the feedback!
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