As previously announced, the Darren Clarke Golf School based at Greenmount Campus close to Antrim, Northern Ireland, named the Desert Springs Resort and Golf Club as their overseas winter training base for the winter season of 2012/13.
The Darren Clarke Golf School is a centre of excellence in the development of young golfers, offering state of the art facilities, a unique golf training programme, combined with a robust education through the BTEC Extended National Diploma in Sport, which is delivered by Northern Regional College at the School.
Between 27th November – 4th December 2012, 8 transition students and their coach were the first to make their visit to the resort for a week long intensive training programme to develop their individual golfing skills in warm weather while experiencing a golf course which offers a challenge to players at all levels.
This was followed by the second and most recent 4 day training camp hosted between 8th – 12th January 2013, whereby 28 full time students and 3 professional staff visited the resort.
The students and officials were accommodated in some of the privately owned apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in the award-winning El Torrente Restaurant.
During their time at the resort the players have utilized the excellent practice facilities at the Golf Academy and played the Indiana golf course.
“I really love the challenge of the golf course, I’ve never played a course like it, and the greens were fantastic!” That was the verdict of 16-year old Michael Ryan.
Student Adam Kerr, 17 years of age, remarked of the Indiana course;
“The course is fantastic and the greens were excellent; we don’t get the chance to play courses in this perfect a condition very often!”
Jack Murgatroyd, Darren Clarke Golf Instructor commented;
“The standard of the accommodation has been excellent and met our needs perfectly. We have utilized a combination of self-catering and meals from the Clubhouse restaurant which was excellent.
The facilities at the Golf Academy are brilliant and meet all of our requirements; we particularly like the fact that all the practice facilities are contained in one area, which has made management of our time very easy.
The golf course was a stern test for several of our young players and has been presented in perfect condition.”
For further information on the Darren Clarke Golf School visit their official website www.darrenclarkegolfschool.com