Golf shop tees-off exciting expansion plans
Wensum Valley Hotel Golf & Country Club is using cutting-edge technology to help golfers improve their game.
Anew shop, fitting suite and golf simulator are the latest in an exciting expansion programme at Wensum Valley Hotel, Golf & Country Club.
Opened in September, the expansive 2,000sq ft shop features all the major brands, including Ping, Callaway, Titleist, Under Armour and Motocaddy – which has also chosen Wensum as its service agents for warranties and repairs in the region.
Open to members and non-members alike, it’s a true destination golf shop, with everything from clothing and footwear to accessories and equipment.
The fitting suite and golf simulator room takes it to the next level, offering a truly immersive shopping experience. Demo equipment allows golfers to try all the latest products, and bespoke fitting is delivered by a professional team led by former European Tour Pro Haydn Selby-Green.
“The Skytrak golf simulator is right at the cutting edge of technology,” says Haydn. “It has 100,000 courses to choose from, it gives players the opportunity to
experience the challenge and fun of some of the world’s greatest links, such as Augusta and Pebble Beach, in a comfortable and spacious setting.”
As well as being a useful tool for fitting, it’s also a great place for lessons and, if the weather’s unfavourable, it can also be booked for a full round in the warm and dry.
For Wensum this is the latest example of continued investment and drive to realise the full potential of the facility. The club has recently received planning permission for an ambitious £4-million expansion programme including a brand new leisure and spa club, plus a 72-bedroom expansion to the hotel.
“These are very exciting times,” says owner Bridgette Hall. “The new golf shop fully expresses our desires and aspirations for Wensum. Our declared goal is to be the number one golf facility and resort in East Anglia. We are moving forward very fast, and are delighted with the great support from the local golf community.”
What prompted you to start the charity golf days?
I was a legal practice manager and in a position to arrange promotional events. I decided to add a charitable element to golf days to help worthy causes. I am now retired but I have an honorary position as an ambassador for Macmillan in Norfolk which is really rewarding.
Too many people have been sadly affected by this dreadful disease and I understand the ratio of people touched by the many forms of cancer is one in three at present. I feel it is a charity well worth supporting to make a small difference to the lives of those unfortunate enough to be suffering with cancer. The money we raise helps cancer sufferers in Norfolk, with particular emphasis upon Macmillan nurses who do a wonderful job around the county.
How many people take part? This year we have had 25 teams with four golfers each. Further guests and helpers attend the dinner in the evening too. The
‘I never cease to be humbled by the generosity and commitment of those who attend the event’
people who have supported this event over the years are men and women, from all walks of life, and from Norfolk and further afield. They all have a common aim, however, which is to raise as much money as possible for the charity. It would be remiss of me too not to thank those people who freely give their time and energy to ensure that the event is successful each year. It is the people behind the scenes who do most of the hard work and they share my passion to ensure that no stone is left unturned to raise money for Macmillan.
What does the day involve?
We start with a bacon roll and coffee, and a goody bag to take on the course. They will then play the course and in the evening we have a three course meal with raffle and auction, plus a ‘blind’ auction of rounds of golf donated by clubs around the country.
Picture credit Julia Holland