London Golf Club announces plans for UK's first ETPI

5/2/2012 6:57:53 PM
London Golf Club plans for a European Tour Performance Institute (Impressions supplied by architects, Mackenzie Wheeler)
London Golf Club plans for a European Tour Performance Institute (Impressions supplied by architects, Mackenzie Wheeler)

London Golf Club, one of South East England’s premier golfing destinations, announced today exciting plans to build a new European Tour Performance Institute (ETPI) complete with a state-of-the-art driving range, short-game facility and an innovative nine-hole academy golf course, to be designed by European Golf Design.

Working closely with the Club’s joint venture partner, The European Tour, development plans have been submitted to further expand the Club’s facilities alongside the existing 36-holes of championship golf and proposed 130-bedroom luxury hotel and spa, for which planning permission has already been obtained.

These substantial developments encapsulate the club’s vision of becoming a world-class destination primed for hosting major golfing events.

The state-of-the-art European Tour Performance Institute (ETPI) complete with a fully-covered driving range and inventive short-game facility, will be the first of its kind in the UK and promises to raise the bar in golf coaching and sports science. The ETPI at London Golf Club will use the very latest technology, biomechanics and tools developed by elite professionals and medical specialists on The European Tour. Golfers of all levels and abilities, including visitors from abroad, will be able to optimise their capabilities and reap the benefits of over 25 years of analysis of some of the game’s greatest players, high-tech equipment and pioneering facilities.

Designed to complement the club’s Heritage and International courses, both of which have hosted high profile professional tournaments and events including The European Open in 2008 and 2009 and Golf LIVE in 2011 and 2012, the new nine-hole academy golf course will be designed by award-winning architects European Golf Design (EGD), a joint venture company with The European Tour.  This innovative and thought-provoking course will not only serve to widen the appeal of London Golf Club, but also provide a much more player friendly golf course -ideal for those learning the game, hotel guests and juniors.

Commenting on the significant developments on the horizon, London Golf Club’s General Manger Austen Gravestock, said: “We are a very forward-thinking golf club and I firmly believe the new ETPI, academy and nine-hole golf course will elevate our status on the international golfing arena. Along with our stunning 5-Star Hotel and Spa and close proximity to the UK Capital, major road networks and International Airports, London Golf Club is set to become an important destination for The European Tour, international golf tourists from Continental Europe and further afield, as well as golfers from London and the UK.”

David MacLaren, Director of Property and Venue Development at The European Tour, said: “Our partnership with London Golf Club goes from strength to strength and we again applaud the
foresight of the club and its owners. We recently opened the world’s first European Tour Performance Institute at Terre Blanche in Provence, also a European Tour Destination, and I am confident that the creation of a state of the art practice and learning facility at London Golf Club will be of great benefit to club members, visitors and the wider community.”