Golf academy bid to inspire youngsters

Full plans have been submitted to build a golfing academy in Cromer which could encourage the next generation of Tiger Woods to breathe fresh life into golf clubs across Norfolk.

Full plans have been submitted to build a golfing academy in Cromer which could encourage the next generation of Tiger Woods to breathe fresh life into golf clubs across Norfolk.

If approved by North Norfolk District Council the academy will be built on land off Overstrand Road belonging to prominent landowner Robert Harbord Hamond.

It is hoped the new centre of golfing excellence will boost the number of children playing the sport and bolster membership at neighbouring golfing clubs.

The site, opposite the Royal Cromer Golf Club, will include a 230-acre outfield range, 14 covered practice bays, a nine-hole adventure putting course, golf instructors and a café.


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The academy is being designed by Weller Designs, which has drawn up blueprints for more than 20 golf courses around the world.

David Weller, director of Weller Designs, said: “The purpose of the academy is to create a centre of excellence for the tuition of golf aimed at all abilities, but particularly geared towards encouraging the young and people new to the game. It is felt there are insufficient opportunities locally for young people to learn golf in an appropriate environment.

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“This will potentially breathe new life into local clubs, all of which are suffering the problem of ageing membership and a general lack of new, young golfers.”

The academy will have a green-covered roof to blend in with the surrounding area and it will have provision for 28 car parking paces.

Plans also feature the creation of an idyllic sensory garden to be used by the local community, including visits by care homes and people with learning difficulties or disabilities.

Up to five jobs could be created if the district council gives approval to build the academy on the open pasture land, which in the past was used as a practice ground and overflow car park for the Royal Cromer Golf Club.

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