LWGS Visit

Lee Westwood Golf School Visit Darren Clarke Golf School

With just two weeks left of term LWGS came across to Northern Ireland to experience what it’s like to be a student at the DCGS. Arriving on the Monday and not heading home until the Saturday it was sure to be an action packed week for them. A total of over 30 LWGS students from both Cheshire and Essex locations made the trip and came across to team up with the 12 DCGS students at their facility.

During their time in Northern Ireland they spent a few days utilizing the world class practice facilities on offer, a couple of days on the golf course playing competitions and finally a couple of evenings visiting the famous city of Belfast.

Upon arriving on the Monday morning the Cheshire school headed out to use the range to get in some early practice ahead of a busy week. Having seen the practice facilities for the first time they were amazed at how pristine and exclusive they were. Having spent most of the day out on the range, pitching and putting greens as well as the 3 hole training course they then headed for their digs that evening for an early night. The Essex school then arrived on Tuesday morning. They then teamed up with Cheshire and once again they made use of the practice facilities whilst they had them all to themselves.

A visit to Royal Portrush Golf Club the venue of the 2019 Open Championship to play a round of golf came on Wednesday. For some it was their first time playing a links style golf course and that in itself brought its own experience. On what was glorious weather the students thoroughly enjoyed their experience playing one of the best links course in Ireland.

On Thursday all three schools were scheduled on the range for the majority of the day. With over 40 students using the facilities an action packed schedule was put in place to ensure that each students maximised their time spent practicing. There were various short game and long game challenges set out as well as a shoot out qualifier on the 3 hole training course for each school. Three students qualified from each school for the shootout final that afternoon. After 8 competitive holes it came down to two DCGS students on the final hole. Paul Conroy was the eventual winner ahead of runner up Dylan Carton.

There was more competition on offer the following day. On the Friday each school competed against each other at Hilton Templepatrick Golf Club. The school with the highest average stableford points over the 18 holes would be the winner. The school who came out on top on the day with a better average by just a single point was DCGS.

On the Saturday morning the Cheshire school travelled back to their home base at High Leigh Park Golf Club. During this time the Essex students spent the best part of their day on the range competing in various different challenges.

The following morning the Essex school then travelled back to their base at Stoke-By-Nayland Golf Club.

All in all it was a fantastic trip that each and every student thoroughly enjoyed. It gave every student a mix between great practice and competition as well as providing a very relaxing feel as they experienced various parts of the country as well as making great friends along the way.



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