Five officials from the Scottish Golf Union accompanied seventeen members, eight boys and nine girls, of the Boys & Girls International squads for their annual 5 days of warm weather winter training at the Desert Springs Resort between Monday 10th – Friday 14th February.
“Great facilities that were in excellent condition. Desert Springs Resort is a great venue to practice your golf all year round!”
That is the verdict of 14-year-old Hazel MacGarvie, one of the Scottish Girls International Squad members.
The training camp comprised playing time on the championship Indiana course and utilized the excellent practice facilities at the Desert Springs Golf Academy, where the Scottish Golf Union Coaches were able provide one-to-one tuition to the squad players.
Kevin Craggs, Scottish Golf Union Ladies National Coach commented:
“The SLGA National Coaching Programme is aimed at providing a supporting role that contributes towards the development of team and individual skills, deemed necessary to boost performance standards. This can only be achieved when the learning environment facilitates players and support staff needs. The Desert Springs facility is of high professional and commercial standards, giving players the ideal opportunity and environment to develop their skills.”
Murray Naysmith, 16-year-old Scottish Golf Union Boys Squad member remarked of his experience at Desert Springs:
“I really enjoyed playing the Indiana course and using the golf academy practice facilities at Desert Springs because they were both in excellent condition!”
Kevin Cademy Taylor – Scottish Golf Union Performance Development Manager remarked:
“Our Scottish Golf Performance Camp at Desert Springs provided us with access to a top class golf course and facilities we required for an effective delivery of all aspects of Performance Golf. All facilities were in super condition with professional staff on hand at all times with no request being a problem. Their support during the camp really enhanced our experience. I would defiantly return back to Desert Springs, many thanks again for everything.”
The students and officials were accommodated in some of the privately owned pueblo villas 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 each evening in El Torrente Restaurant.