Gregor Monks already had a gut feeling about choosing the Fairways Indoor Golf Arena in Coatbridge as his new coaching base but he still enjoyed the decision receiving a family endorsement, writes Martin Dempster.
“I took my two kids to the indoor centre on Sunday for the first time and my eight-year-old told me, ‘your new work place is epic!'” he revealed.
The Fairways Indoor Golf Centre came into existence on March 1 as Bobby Rushford, a PGA Professional and assistant golf coach at the University of Stirling, took over a facility that was originally opened as The Golf Asylum.
Monks is delighted to now be based there, even though a move from Brucefields Family Golf Centre on the outskirts of Stirling was forced upon him.
“Brucefields has been included in the local development plan for housing with detailed planning now submitted to build homes on golf facility land,” he said. “I decided it was time put it out on social media I was looking to base myself elsewhere. I was pleasantly surprised by the response I received.
“Bobby Rushford, the MD at Fairways Indoor Golf Arena, was one of those who responded. When we met, I noticed how like minded regarding what a golf facility – golf coach should be offering and we hit it off from there.
“There’s a bit of everything under one roof at the Fairways Indoor Golf Arena that will appeal to the novice or social golfer all the way through to a professional golfer.
“The centre has a 12-bay indoor range area, short game pitching area with bunkers, 10-hole sloping putting green and two coaching/simulator bays … all ideal for developing skills that will be required during a round of golf.
“All of the above is available all year round and it is also open to all age groups and with no restrictions on dress code.
“The centre gives a parents/grandparents the opportunity to introduce young children to the game or even a fun family day out where non-golfers can interact and have fun perhaps on the Trackman simulator or during a family putting competition on the putting green.
“There’s technology within the centre which appeals to just about every golfer these days with plans to add more on the indoor range during the year.”
Monks, who will be continuing to coach at Brucefields until at least August, added: “Fairways Indoor Arena already has a couple of ‘partner’ golf courses that allow us to do on- course coaching and deliver clinics to juniors/ladies etc.
“In return, this helps the club with the growth of their membership and there’s definitely room to add more ‘partner’ golf courses and work together.”
Monks played his junior golf at Hollandbush Golf Club in Lesmahagow and became an assistant PGA Pro there to Ian Rae, the long-time Scottish national coach.
“As they say, environment is everything,” he said. “I learned from Ian and his enthusiasm for coaching, which very clearly rubbed off!”