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The Lowe down on European Golf

Scott Mac Callum catches-up with European Golf partner, David Lowe, to discuss the increased use of synthetic surfaces at home, on the course and in adventure golf.

There can be little doubt that our weather has become more extreme in recent years and golfers have had to become used to finding something else to do with their weekends, as their golf clubs have struggled to keep their courses playable in the face of record rainfall and unfeasible high water tables.
Frustration all round. Wouldn’t it be great if an opportunity to at least practice during the times when the course is out of action, or even better be able to hone short game skills at home, so you can hit the course running when the water logging finally subsides? Well, synthetic grass company, European Golf, has the answer and has been installing top quality synthetic short game facilities at golf clubs while also offering domestic users the chance to have European Tour quality putting surfaces in their own homes. “There has been a growing demand for people wanting to have their own personal indoor and outdoor golf greens. It really is an expanding business,” explained David Lowe, managing director of European Golf.Your content here…

“Some of the top professionals, including Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke, as well as England football star, Michael Owen, have already had greens installed in their gardens. “They are pretty much maintenance free and it gives them the opportunity to sharpen up their short games and practice their putting when they are not on Tour,” explained Lowe, who has just signed up European Tour pro, Chris Hanson, to promote European Golf. “Chris is our new blood European Pro. He was the final player to earn his card at the 2015 Tour School and has just recorded his first top 10 finish on the European Tour. We installed his European Golf green at his home last week,” revealed Lowe. A European Golf green requires no watering, feeding, mowing or weeding and the company’s portfolio includes golf greens, indoor golf, winter tees, short courses, training aids, lawns, golf teaching studios, walkways right through to full golf course design. They offer two options for the domestic customer. There is a putting green, a nylon surface which offers excellent

 

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putting and chipping practice, and then there is the European Tour Infill which is designed to give the correct reaction to a ball hitting the surface from any distance – so a well struck shot will create backspin. But while European Golf is providing the golf professional and the amateur fanatic superb opportunities to practice, it is perhaps an initiative in which they are involved – together with Sport England – which may have the greatest impact on the game of golf as a whole. “It is has long been accepted that golf needs to find more ways of being accessible to the masses – to bring through the next generation of player and, hopefully, bring down the embarrassingly high average age of those people who play, and love the game,” said Lowe. “Everyone apparently knows what is needed and many have their own solutions, however, the answer, in my humble opinion, is fairly simple. Get golf clubs into the hands of children, make it fun, give them guidance and lessons, and make sure they have access to places to play. “Thanks to a funding initiative created by Sport England we may finally be moving in the right direction on the final one of those. “Sport England is offering golf clubs grants of up to £75,000 to install short game academies with the proviso that the club opens its doors to non-members

to come in and use them,” explained Lowe, who, through the scheme, has already built seven short game facilities, through which children and non-golfers alike are being introduced to the game. “Golf Pros are pushing for them as it means they have all-year round teaching facilities and, with the open door policy, it means that more golfers should be attracted to the game which can only be a good thing all round.”
The European Golf installation team – which is spearheaded by Lowe’s partner in the business, Josh Bartlett, a man with a wealth of experience in the business of installing golf greens – has already installed short game facilities at among others Silvermere, in Surrey; Hexham, in Northumberland, as well as Cottingham and One Stop Golf, in East Yorkshire. “We have five other clubs who are currently awaiting the go-ahead and we anticipate that number growing as more golf clubs begin to appreciate that the Sport England grant aid is available, and that the maximum sum, of £75,000, means that the club will have little or no financial outlay themselves,” continued Lowe. “All they need to do is provide a business plan and guarantee that the facility will be open to all.” Lowe has worked for European Golf since 2009, and in 2014 he and Bartlett purchased the company from the original owner, who decided to move abroad.[/one_third]

“We realised that it was a growing market, and when the opportunity to buy the company came along we grabbed it with both hands. “Josh and I can really concentrate on moving the business forward, with both the domestic greens market and the professional side – offering all year round facilities for golf professionals to carry out their teaching,” added Lowe. But there is one other initiative which sees European Golf promoting golf to youngsters, one which if it takes off, might just be the real key to getting them to develop a love of the game which will last them a lifetime. “We have just installed our own Captain’s Bay Adventure Golf Course, at Metro Golf in London,” said Lowe. “It’s a nine-hole mini course which is great fun for the entire family. It’s not like crazy golf. “We have installed top quality putting surfaces, so a golfer can practice his putting there and get the feel of real golf, while the whole family can get enjoyment out of it. “It is giving more people a taste of golf which can only be a good thing.” The popularity of synthetic grass within golf has grown markedly in recent years, and with the improvements in playability, it has become a genuine option for golf clubs and individuals looking to maximise playing or practice opportunities.

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Chris Hanson, European Tour golfer 2016 season, signs up…

European Tour professional Chris Hanson will be preparing for his matches across the continent and further afield on European Golf artificial grass.

The back garden of his home in Huddersfield has been re-laid with European Golf’s nylon tour putt ultimate putting green turf to aid his practice when he’s not playing in tournaments around the world.

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The turf is non-directional, which means that it stimps at 9.1 all-year round. So whatever the weather, the ball’s roll speed remains the same.

The Woodsome Hall golfer, who in June 2016 sat above Tiger Woods in the Official World Rankings, tweeted his gratitude with the message: ‘Huge thanks to @EuropeanGolf14 for installing my green and transforming the garden!! #gardengolf #trueroll’

Chris qualified for the 2016 European Tour season in the 2015 qualifying school.

He had previously qualified for the 2014 Open Championship

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New Adventure Golf Course In London

Ahoy there! European Tour pro Richard Finch to appear at opening of new nine-hole adventure golf course in London

European Tour pro Richard Finch will be guiding putters through choppy waters when he appears at the opening of a brand new nine-hole adventure golf course in London over the 2016 Easter weekend.

Finch will be the guest of honour over the opening weekend of Captain’s Bay Adventure Golf, which is based at Metro Golf Centre in Barnet.

Crazy golf fans are encouraged to come along and see Finch in action on the course – which features fast-flowing water holes and a 20ft long shark prop – on Saturday 26th March between 12noon and 2pm.

If you can’t wait that long to test your skill on the mini-golf equivalent of the high seas, the course officially opens at 10.30am on the day before [Good Friday].

The course is the brainchild of Josh Bartlett and David Lowe, who own artificial grass specialists Showcase Greens Adventure Golf Limited.

Its concept arose when Showcase Greens completed some work on the driving range at the Metro Golf Centre.

Josh saw that the centre benefited from the extremely busy range, with more than 6,000,000 balls hit per year, and that it was also a very community- and family-orientated hub.

The seeds of the idea had been sown, so Josh and David went to work on designing the course with the same flair they had shown when they designed greens for Centre Parcs.

The pair designed the course themselves and completed it in collaboration with landscape architects the Andrew Davies Partnership, using Showcase Greens’ bespoke Tour Putt Ultimate putting green grass that they developed in collaboration with their company’s preferred supplier LazyLawn.

Construction of the course took three months in the Winter of 2016.

“We specialise in installing artificial golf greens like Captain’s Bay and we have extensive experience in combining different turf types to create courses that look realistic,” said Lowe.

“Thanks to LazyLawn, the Captain’s Bay course that we’ve delivered has an authentic and realistic playing experience which is low maintenance, durable and weather-proof.

“The result is a nine-hole course that is fun for all the family and will give every type of golfer an enjoyable and amazing experience!” he added.

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European Golf Work Alongside Swan Golf Designs

European Golf recently sealed the deal to construct a 9-hole golf course based in Chester, for Bell Developments. The course construction will begin in January 2016, and will be ready to open in Easter 2016, hosting approximately 900m2 of artificial grass.

For over 25 years, Swan Golf Designs have been a dominant name in Architectural Golf Designs, providing their clients with successful design solutions on projects of all shapes and sizes all over the world. The golf course architecture firm have a proven track record of meeting the demands of each client, delivering value for money, professionalism and a creative excellence.

We look forward to working with SGD in the coming weeks, so that both parties can provide a synthetic golf course that matches the standard of all other SGD and European Golf projects.

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60m2 of Synthetic Putting Green Added to Essex Garden…

On Tuesday 1st September 2015, the European Golf Installation Team began work on 60 square metres of existing grass, in order to renovate a standard family lawn, into a next generation, synthetic putting green!

Due to the garden consisting of mostly real turf, we dug out the area of grass where the putting green would be installed. After levelling over 10 tonne of base aggregate, we then applied the essential weed membrane in order to stop any weeds emerging through the turf in the future.

Our pristine Euro Nylon and Euro Fringe grass products were used on this install, providing a realistic appearance and professional putting surface. The install was completed in less than 4 days, and was ready to play on straight away. Our customer was extremely happy with the green and with the way our team worked to provide a hassle free experience.

“I am very happy to be able to have a professionally installed putting green, custom-made for myself and my garden. The team worked remarkably well, and I would definitely recommend them to install YOUR synthetic putting green. Thanks, Matthew”

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One Install Leads to Another in Kings Hill!

The beginning of the month saw another happy customer receiving their very own, personalised golf green, for home use only. In advance, our team had recently installed an indoor putting studio for the Quintic System (putting analysis software), for the Robert Rock Golf Academy, supported by Kings Hill Golf Club in Kent.After completing the studio putting green, we were then approached by the Kings Hill Golf Club member, who was so fascinated by the high quality finish of our install, that he required his own green for personal use at his family home in West Malling.The green has a total area of 50 square metres, which is now a ready to putt, realistic green for all of the family to practice on, in the comfort of their own garden. We used our two most popular synthetic golf grass products, our Tour Pro Ultimate (TPU) and Tour Pro Fringe (TPF). The TPU surface is best optimised with our Fringe, and is adaptable to both accomplished and amateur players. We have dealt with many of the most talented golfers in the world, and many believe that the TPU is the ultimate way to fine-tune your short game technique.“I’m over the moon with the way the team worked to transform my garden into a personal practice facility. I can’t keep my kids off the green! I had high expectations, yet the team completely exceeded them. Thanks again, Rob”image3image2
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Cottingham Parks Golf Club get new short game green

Cottingham Parks Golf Club Gets New Short Game Facility

Cottingham Parks is one of our more recent artificial green installs, set in over 200 acres of mature parkland, welcoming a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. In 2011, Cottingham Parks was featured on Sky Sports TV for the Charity Pro-Am. For the install we created a 220m2 short game facility, with nine circular tee stations for golf lessons, along with two bunkers, one being deep faced and the other a pot bunker.

Four different pin positions were used to improve chipping accuracy. The juniors who practice at their local driving range, ‘One Stop Golf’, also has a short game facility, which then brought the facility to the owner’s attention.

The short game facility runs along with the recently refurbished driving range. The construction took a total of eight days, we used a ‘Tour Pro Infill’, which has a 33mm pile height, and a shock-pad underneath the grass. We filled the grass with silica-graded sand, which was then top-dressed to finish.

For the fringe we used our 36mm tour product, and for the tee line we used three different grass products to replicate the different types of lye you would usually find on a natural golf course.

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Geoff Boycott from hitting it for 6 to Putting…

Cricketing legend and ex England Captain Geoff Boycott has recently enlisted the expertise from European Golf to resurface and create a putting green which would rival the greens of Royal St George!

In a little under a week the team transformed the space into a golfers dream, with 5 putting holes and some banks to help create a realistic and testing putting environment to help build both accuracy and skill.

Just like in his cricketing days hours of practice makes perfect and to be able to sink a putt every time takes hours of practice!

The 80m2 Green is the perfect place to hone his ability’s and as it’s at his home Geoff will be able to develop those skills whenever he gets the need and no matter what the weather throws at the green it will always be the perfect place to practice!

The green is a mix of both tour putt ultimate and tour pro fringe both specially developed to create the ultimate putting green!

It’s great being able to simply step outside the house to practise my game,” commented Geoffrey.

I travel a great deal in my job and when I am at home, I like to stay at home and not be sitting in a car driving to the golf club or the range to practise. Having a putting green and a driving net in the garden means that I can get in a bit of fresh air and golf practice whenever I want.

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Foot Golf with Active Golf Projects

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FootGolf, the hottest new sport to hit the world today. It combines the social aspect and elegance of Golf with the world’s passion for Football.

This brilliant idea will allow sportsmen to share their competitive spirit with their friends and family.

FootGolf is fun and exciting and the fact that strength and endurance are not the key factors to winning make FootGolf a game for every man, woman, and child.

This new sport is attracting everybody’s attention especially those that wish they could play golf or Football well but do not have the energy to run around a pitch.

A Football ball, scorecard and pencil is all you need to play and start enjoying the sport of FootGolf. This is a sport for the XXI Century and in the very near future; everyone will be playing the best game ever invented!

The course at One Stop Golf is the first affiliated footgolf England course in the UK. Designed to test every players ability whether young, old or professional the skill is getting it in the hole.

Each of the 9 holes are differently designed some have bunkers & water hazards and others three tier greens.

The short first par3 hole starts off the game at just over 50 yards but be careful if your ball ends up in a bunker you will start with a penalty shot!

The second and third holes are pretty straight forward providing you don’t go out of bounds. By the time you reach the fourth hole you should be warmed up and ready to whack the ball a little harder as this hole is the first of par 4.

The fifth hole incorporates a water ditch and whilst you won’t lose your ball in the hazard it will cost you a penalty shot!. The 6th features a three tier green and you will do well to make par here.

Onto the seventh and a real risk and reward hole the flag is hidden behind the trees and very close to the out of bounds. The par 4 eighth hole is probably the most difficult hole on the course with lots of mounds to travel over.

The last hole is the longest on the course and needs a right to left shape to get your ball anywhere near the green.

The course has been constructed using all weather synthetic tees and greens to allow continuous play throughout the winter months.

We hope you enjoy!

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Hexham Golf Club Construct Brand New Practice Facility

Hexham Golf Club is a traditional parkland course on fast draining land on the south side of the River Tyne, with stunning views over the convergence of the North and South Tyne countryside. Hexham Golf Club recently constructed a brand new practice facility; they have built the facility inside a listed walls compound on their golf course, creating a tranquil area to practice golf.

Inside of the walls features different types of surfaces and practice facilities, including one large, real green, 150m2 worth of synthetic infill target green (installed by European Golf), four 2m x 4m tee stations enclosed with wooden sleepers, and four large bunkers. The green has six holes with four different tee stations all ranging in distances from 20 yards to 120 yards.

European Golf used their 33mm pile height ‘Tour Pro Infill’ product, with a cushion underlay, which was contoured to the client’s specification. We then installed the silica-graded sand, which is then top-dressed with green coloured sand to finish. The green is then rolled to the speed that the golf club requires so that it is realistic to the green speed on the course. The total time for the install was six days, and the rest of the facility is now in preparation and scheduled to be open for next year.