A golfing paradise, the Golf Dome, Seaton Carew

After a year which included a soggy summer and a bitterly-cold, often snow covered winter help has come to the year-round golfer in the shape of the Golf Dome.

Setup by PGA professional Craig Donaldson, the Golf Dome boasts a Mediterranean climate, driving range, chipping green and GC2 simulators as well as a host of other golf activities and amenities.

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Donaldson, a teaching professional with 20 years experience – having coached in Italy, Spain, London and across the North East – told North East Golf:

“The first comment we get is WOW!”

“Everyone loves it in here because it’s warm. It’s a friendly environment and everyone is praising our customer service. We are getting golfers of all ages and abilities in and they’re all feeling very comfortable and relaxed here.

“I feel like it’s working well so far.”

The Golf Dome will be hosting a Masters Tournament event starting Thursday, April 10.

For an accomplished golfer the Golf Dome offers the chance to focus on the short game, “What I am trying to emphasise to everyone is, if they work more on their short game and less on their long game they will improve their scores significantly,” Donaldson explained.

The highlight of the short game facilities is the 45-yard driving range and its centrepiece 185 m2 green complex. “Everyone is really positive about the green they can’t believe the way the ball reacts on it, it’s very realistic. We have eight bays on the driving range and the back wall is netted so you can hit driver if you want to.

“We also have a chipping and putting green. This gives golfers the opportunity to practice on a green that’s rolling at about 89 on the stimp meter.

“The green’s fast, very true and has some nice contours on it,” Donaldson explained.

The Golf Dome also boasts four simulator bays, complete with GC2 Simulators. The bays are available for hire and offer a range of 780 courses from around the World. They can also be used for practice, club fitting and teaching.

The Golf Dome also has a retail outlet, with equipment from Mizuno, Callaway and TaylorMade as well as many other leading brands.

Three professionals are on hand; Donaldson, James Harper and Julie Welch to offer advice, coaching and equipment guidance.

The dome boasts Sky Sports television, a licensed bar/cafe and a welcoming, family atmosphere.

Asked to sum up the Golf Dome, Donaldson added: “Inside the dome there’s a constant climate, at the minute it’s 17.5 degrees, it’s comfortable. You couldn’t do it outside, you couldn’t get together and practice but you can in here.”

As you can see in our gallery, the Golf Dome is part of the Sports Domes complex at Seaton Carew, Hartlepool. The complex offers football, a fully-equipped gym, a series of treatment rooms as well as bar, restaurant and conference facilities. For more information visit: www.thesportsdomes.co.uk & follow @TheSportsDomes on Twitter.

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The Maters Tournament event at The Golf Dome

Each night of the Masters tournament, from the start of coverage (7pm) to the close of play the Golf Dome are hosting a ticket-only event. There’s a limited availability of 40 places per night and tickets are £40.

A ticket includes unlimited use of the Golf Dome’s facilities, as well as a hot buffet. The Masters will be projected onto the dome live, throughout the night.

For more information contact The Sports Domes, Golf on: 01429 800 581.


Chris Paisley misses cut by one in Abu Dhabi

Chris Paisley missed the cut in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship earlier today, finishing three-over par after rounds of 71 and 76.

Follow Paisley on Twitter: @ChrisPaisley86

Follow Paisley on Twitter: @ChrisPaisley86

The 26-year-old attached professional at Close House Hotel and Golf Club, missed out by one shot at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

Reflecting on his performance, Paisley said: “I played well in parts, well enough to compete. I just need some more rounds under my belt to reduce the amount of poor shots.”

Paisley, who made the step up to the European Tour this season after finishing 12th in the Challenge Tour rankings in 2011/12, added: “The courses are tougher. The standard’s a little higher and the fields are much deeper.

“It’s a little strange playing against people I’ve been watching on TV for so long. It takes a little adjustment but I feel like I can compete once I am fully comfortable.”

Playing in his third event as a member of the European Tour, Paisley carded a one under-par first round 71 which included birdies at the 1st, 10th and 12th.

chris paisleyIn the second round Paisley struggled to a four over-par 76, bogeying the 4th, 9th and 10th before double-bogeying the 14th. He did birdie the demanding 475 yard par four 16th but fell agonisingly short of making the cut, which fell at +2.

Following Friday’s round, Paisley said: “I just didn’t drive it as well today. The fairways are really tight and the rough is so severe you need to drive it well.”

Paisley will be looking for an improved performance at next week’s Commercial Bank Qatar Masters before heading to Dubai for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

North East’s golf courses hoping for an end to wet weather

Heavy rain has caused chaos across the country as flood warnings are issued and roads closed. The region’s golfers are hoping for an end to the wet weather as courses struggle to cope with rain continuing to fall on already saturated fairways.

We spoke to a number of the region’s top courses to find out how they’re coping.

Jonny Mould, Golf Sales and Operations Manager at Ramside Hall, said: “I think today, despite this already being the wettest summer on record, is the wettest I’ve seen the course in my time here.

“Our Head Greenkeeper, Roger Shore,  has said this morning that he has never seen the course this wet.

“The good thing about Ramside Hall is that as soon as the rain stops the irrigation system will be able to cope with the volume of water on the course and move it into one of the 15 lakes here on site. We should be open and playable very quickly.”

The situation is similar at Matfen Hall, home of top coach and European Seniors’ Tour player John Harrison. Nicola Hawes, Assistant Golf Manager at Matfen Hall, said: “ We’re closed at the moment but the tees and greens are all ok. It’s particularly wet between those with a lot of water lying on a couple of the fairways.

“If the rain stops, there’s a good chance we’ll be open tomorrow as the drainage will start to do its job.”

Rockliffe Hall, one of the region’s top resorts, seems to be coping well with the rain so far. John Stacey, Head Professional at Rockliffe, said: “The water seems to be draining away quite well at the moment. Obviously, as it’s rained for the last 48 hours, there is a little bit of standing water on the course at the moment.

“Rockliffe does benefit from some fantastic drainage and we’re hoping to be able to open as soon as the rain stops. This looks to be Thursday morning at this moment in time.”

David Ord, Head professional at Ingleby Barwick, said the clubs winter programmes were being hit hard by the heavy rain: “I think that all the courses in the region have been hit hard over the last couple of days. We’re lucky here as the river runs through the course and allows it to drain very quickly.

“Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s any drainage system that could cope with the rain that’s fallen over the last 48 hours. This has come at a really hard time for a lot of courses as we move into the winter months and have to prepare the course for the changing season. At the moment we’re hoping that, with a dry spell, we’ll be able to open back up for the weekend.”

Kevin Carpenter trick shot show at Golf North 2012 – Cut HQ

Golf exhibitors at Golf North 2012

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The best of Kevin Carpenter’s trick shot show at Golf North 2012

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Golf North: Kevin Carpenter golf trick shot show in photographs

Kevin Carpenter ahead of his show at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium as part of Golf North.

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Kevin Carpenter thrills visitors to Golf North Show

Kevin Carpenter – who managed to hit a 30% distance golf ball out of the Riverside Stadium

The first golf exhibition in the North of England got off to a fantastic start as golfers of all ages were left in awe after Kevin Carpenter’s trick shot show.

Visitors saw Kevin hitting shots from a Swiss ball and a unicycle as part of his 20 minute show. Kevin will be performing his show throughout Saturday’s exhibition.

Andrew Hill, a director of DoGolf Ltd. – the company running the event, said: ” It’s the first time I’ve seen Kevin in person but I’ve seen his videos online I thought I’d seen everything he had to offer. As it turns out I was really impressed with Kevin today, without as shadow of a doubt.

“People could visit the exhibition this weekend just to see Kevin. His show alone is well worth a trip.”

Tim Taylor, who is working with DoGolf promoting the show, said: “The first thing that I saw this morning was the trick shot show and I thought Kevin was absolutely fantastic. I thought that was worth the admission price alone. I’d be happy to pay £12 just to watch that.”

Kevin hits an array of shots – from a full swing with a putter to a baseball swing with a driver

Les Dixon, also a director at DoGolf, agreed: “Kevin was very impressive.

“He managed to put a 30% distance golf ball out of the ground, that was awesome to see.”

Visitors have also got a range of opportunities to get involved at Golf North: from free coaching to the nearest the pin challenge and the chance to win fantastic prizes. Jamie Douglas, Golf Sales Executive at Rockliffe Hall, said: “We are giving people the chance to win a fourball at Rockliffe Hall each day over the three day exhibition – which includes breakfast and lunch.

“Talking to people today, who know about Rockliffe Hall, you just don’t hear anything negative, the feedback we get is that Rockliffe is a quality, quality product.”

There’s also the chance to win a free round of golf at Matfen Hall – by holing three consecutive putts.

It’s not just Kevin’s show which will keep visitors entertained. David Ord, PGA Professional at Ingleby Barwick, will be delivering free coaching to visitors over the next two days.

David Ord, PGA Professional at Ingleby Barwick, giving a free lesson at the Golf North Show

David said: “We’re here to promote Ingleby Barwick’s academy, through providing free coaching to hopefully encourage people to come and use the range, come for some lessons, just really demonstrate what we can offer to the general public.”

Chris Morgan, the owner of Ingleby Barwick, added: “We’re here trying to make people aware of our setup. We’ve got first class facilities at Ingleby. We’ve got the teaching academy, a two-tier driving range – the only one in the North. We’ve also got three professionals and a bistro restaurant. Hopefully we can generate some awareness of Ingleby Barwick and attract some visitors here to pay us a visit.”

Golf North has so much to offer visitors. Tim continued: “Middlesbrough have been good enough to open up the ground to us. As you go around the different areas, more layers unfold.

“All the various golf companies, you can hit some balls, everybody can get free coaching whether they’ve played golf before or not. So I’d say it’s tremendous value for money and a great day out.”

Tickets can be purchased on the day from the East Stand ticket office. The show is open: Saturday 10am – 5.30pm and  Sunday 10am-4pm.

Golf North Show Preview

Golfers from Berwick to Hull are set to be thrilled at the inaugural Golf North Show at Middlesborough FC’s Riverside Stadium from October 19 – 21 (Fri-Sun).

The first event of its kind to be held in the North is headlined, this year, by trick shot specialist Kevin Carpenter. Take a look at Kevin’s skills HERE.

Les Dixon, a director of Durham based Dogolf Limited – the company behind the three-day show said: “There is a huge demand for this among golfers in the region.

“The North East has never had a golf show. In the past you would have to travel to Birmingham or London, but we’re bringing the exhibition to golfers in the North East.”

Golf North offers a variety of  ways to get involved as part of the interactive zone. There’s free PGA coaching throughout the day including a coaching clinic from European Seniors Tour player and Matfen Hall professional, John Harrison.

This year’s event has four ambassadors: Craig Hignett,  John Harrison, Ladies European Tour professional Kimberley Crooks and Darren Grey, the Darlington based former World one-armed golf champion.

Les continued: “In choosing ambassadors we wanted a mixture of talent and expertise.

“Craig is well known on Teesside and highly respected across the region. John is one of the best coaches in the North East. He’s also a huge Middlesborough fan and wanted be involved from the outset.

“There’ll be the chance to get a lesson from a one-armed golfer or to just watch Darren hit some shots, which is a fantastic opportunity.”

The event includes exhibitions from a number of the region’s top courses, including: Ramside Hall, De Vere Group, Matfen Hall  and Ryton Golf Club.

Major brands: Mizuno, Callaway, Yonex and IJP Design will also be part of the three-day golf show. Visitors can look forward to a range of Golf North Show deals from the exhibitors.

Retailer American Golf will also be at the Riverside.

You can pre-book tickets online at http://www.golf-north.co.uk. Or by calling 0333 240 5790. 

Tickets are also on sale at American Golf Stores in: York, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Sunderland.

Alternatively, tickets are available on the day from the East Stand ticket office.

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