Now a golf driving range to train young talents

Noida, Feb 24 (PTI) In an attempt to take the sport tothe next level and keeping in mind its inclusion in the 2016Olympics, IRPPL in association with R&A Sports Ventures todayannounced the opening of Sportitude -- a golf driving range --here today.

The range is built on a six acre space and boasts of 20bays of Astroturf besides incorporating an area of 60x10mnatural turf for practice.

The facility is believed to impart training to 70 golfersat a time and will also facilitate the players with chippingand putting greens for practice.

Talking to the reporters on the ocassion, former AsianGames gold medallist and golfer Rishi Narian said that theventure was a step in the direction to improve the existingfacilities.

"The range is for the common people and aims to create aa strong talent pool to make it to the Olympic team in thedecades to come," said Narian, who will be heading themarketing reponsibilities of the range.

He said they will be looking to attract the buddinggolfers across the various schools and colleges.

"We will go to schools, colleges and clubs in NCR(National Capital Region) to introduce around six thousandyoungsters to the game in the first year and increase thenumber to about 20,000 in the next three years," Narianrevealed.

A professional golfer himself, Narian also hailed theamenities at the range and said the set-up is among the bestin the world.

"The range has been made as per the USGA (United StatesGolf Association) specifications and has a great drainagesystem which allows the players to practice even during therainy season.

"It has also got automatic pop-up sprinklers which willdefinitely contribute as one of the USp''s.

"The driving range also supports Flight Scope -- 3Ddoppler golf radar technology -- to help the players iron outthe errors and improve their game to perfection," Narainadded.

He also mentioned that a nominal entry fee of Rs 100 willbe charged from players to use the facility which will bereduced to Rs 50 in case of kids and added that they arelooking to have six professionals working under the eye ofdirector operations and instruction Amandeep Johl, who won thedynasty cup in 2005, to help the aspiring golfers.

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