Excitement as the ribbon is cut at the largest practice facility of its kind in the United Kingdom
GOLFERS in central England and north London who are frustrated by poor weather conditions interfering with their practice schedules can rejoice following the opening of the UK’s largest indoor golf simulator complex near Milton Keynes.
iPlayGolfUK is a new, weather-proof golf facility that has been kitted out with six huge screens on which you can play over 70 of the world’s most famous courses in an environment that has been deliberately designed to mimic a traditional sports bar.
Based at the iCentre off Howard Way in Newport Pagnell, just minutes from junction 14 of the M1, the 6,400sq/ft centre has a team of PGA coaches on-hand to give lessons to golfers of all standards, including complete beginners.
There’s also a relaxing café and a golf store stocked with everything from small essentials to the latest golf apparel and golf equipment.
Its six Foresight GC2 simulators, each with an additional smart camera system, pack ‘awesome graphical power’ to produce stunningly clear and fluid images of courses including Pebble Beach and 2016 Ryder Cup venue Hazeltine.
As well as that, there are also a host of challenges - such as crazy golf, nearest the pin, long drive and ‘Smash The Windows’ - for customers to enjoy.
“We’re excited to be fully open,” said managing director Neil Wilcox. “We can’t wait to welcome people to our golfing heaven, where you can play for real in a virtual world.”
The centre’s club-fitting team, led by PGA professionals Danny Poulter - brother of Ryder Cup star Ian - and Greg Tilbury, offer Buckinghamshire’s largest independent golf custom-fitting facility, with two Foresight HMT systems plus a SAM Puttlab system to produce all the launch monitor data required for the perfect fit, with most of the major brands available to buy.
Poulter, who is two years the senior of his two-time PGA Tour winner brother, is hugely excited about the new centre’s potential, .
“This place is truly amazing,” he said. “As a personal golf experience, it is second to none. As soon as you walk through the door, it’s all about golf and you’re among friends straight away. iPlayGolfUK offers year-round, all-weather, late-night golf entertainment for anyone with a passion for the sport, and I’m excited to join what must be one of the most forward-thinking new golfing ventures in the country.”
The centre’s bookable VIP room, meanwhile, has a super-size HD screen with additional golf courses to play and incredible weather effects piped through a powerful sound system. There’s luxury seating, waitress service for up to 24 people, a huge TV with Sky Sports, a Sony PS4 games console, projection facilities for major sports events on the big screen, and a private surround sound system.
To find out more, call 01908 299366 or log-on to www.iplaygolf.co.uk