Between Sunday 15th – Sunday 22nd February 2015, nine (9) boys and twelve (12) girls representing the Scottish Golf Union Boys & Girls International Squad and seven (7) officials were at Desert Springs Resort for a seven-day intensive training programme, followed between Sunday 22ndFebruary – Sunday 1st March by a further tranche of eighteen (18) boys representing the Scottish Golf Union Boys International squad and five (5) officials, to develop their individual golfing skills in warm weather while experiencing a golf course which offers a challenge to players at all levels.
The Scottish Golf Union Boys & Girls International Squad at Desert Springs Resort for Winter Training
The training camp utilized the excellent practice facilities at the Desert Springs Golf Academy where the PGA Instructors were able provide one-to-one tuition and take advantage of the use of the Desert Springs short game academy prior to the students embarking on their rounds on The Indiana course.
16-year-old Matthew McCulloch with a Handicap of +2 remarked:
“The facilities on offer are phenomenal and you definitely have to take advantage of the pure greens on offer.
The course is nothing like I have experienced before, a great test of golf!"
17-year-old Joanne Free with a Handicap of 2 remarked of her first visit to Desert Springs:
“This is my first time at Desert Springs with the Scottish Golf Academy and the camp has been definitely one to remember.
We have enjoyed the different experiences and have really found the facilities to be of an extremely high standard which is perfect for preparing for our forthcoming 2015 season."
15-year-old Jillian Farrell with a Handicap of 5 commented of his experience: –
“This experience has provided so many benefits to our squad’s golf, with first class greens and tight fairways to sharpen our games.
I would like to thank, on behalf of the girls, all of the support staff and sponsors who have helped us throughout the camp.”
The Scottish Golf Union Boys International Squad at Desert Springs Resort for Winter Training
(Left to Right) Kevin Cademy-Taylor, Scottish Golf Union Performance Development Manager & Scottish Golf Union Regional Performance Coaches George Boswell, Kevin Craggs & Ian Muir
Scottish Golf Union Boys International squad players working on their putting technique at the Desert Springs Short Game Academy
Scottish Golf Union Boys International player plays their approach to Hole 15 ‘Abyss’ on The Indiana Course
Scottish Golf Union Boys International player plays their Tee shot to Hole 2 ‘Gulch’ on The Indiana Course
Scottish Golf Union Regional Performance Coach Ian Muir said:
“ This was my first time at Desert Springs and I had a fantastic time.
The facilities are great and perfect for Winter Training and the players had a ball.
We all very much look forward to returning soon.”
The students and officials were accommodated in some of the privately owned Apartments and 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.
For further information on the Scottish Golf Union visit their official website www.scottishgolf.org