THIS time last year, I had never really played golf before, but then I was offered the opportunity to play a round at Royal Portrush and decided I would take it up. I knew before the summer last year that this chance to play one of the world’s best golf courses was coming up in October, but it wasn’t until the end of August that I actually got around to doing something about it. Thankfully I managed to get some time with Peter Martin, the PGA professional at Colin Glen Golf Course in west Belfast. Peter is a brilliant teacher and the facilities there are outstanding. There is also now a Toptracer driving range, where each bay has its own television monitor and you can track your play with incredible accuracy. I went up the other night for some practice and it was packed out. Every bay was full. Last year then, after a month or so of Peter’s excellent tutelage and the purchase of a reasonable set of second hand clubs, I went up and played Royal Portrush. I had a fantastic day and yes, I did lose seven or eight golf balls and had a few high scores… Read full this story
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