Coaching, Practice Facilities & Driving Range Operations Golf Coaching at RAGGC In mid-2019 it was announced that Marcus Wheelhouse would be joining the RAGGC Team as Director of Teaching. Marcus commences with the Club on Monday, 23 March. The arrangement with Wheelhouse Golf is that a high level teaching service is to be available to members 7 days a week.
With Marcus' travel to attend to his touring professionals and taking into account his days off, in order to fulfill this obligation Marcus has recruited the support of two of New Zealand's other top coaches, namely Susan Farron and Kerryn Jamieson. These coaches will retain their respective roles at Ellerslie and Windross Farm and will work at the Club on a part time basis to supplement Marcus' teaching. This is initially expected to be 2 days a week. Members will be able to book their coach of choice, including Mike Moynihan and James Loughnane, through the Club's website. Practice facilities The practice facilities will be rolled out as they are ready over the course of this year. The expected dates of the opening of the various facilities are as follows: Driving range:
• Open for play from synthetic turf on 23 March. The turf hitting platforms will be seeded and are expected to be ready for play towards the end of the year. Short game area: • The short game area, which comprises 3 greens and associated bunkers, is expected to be ready for play at the end of the year. Practice putting green: • While temporary practice/warm up putting greens will be available (like the current one on Tamaki hole 5 back tee) on 23 MARCH, the official practice putting green is expected to be open for play in August. Logan's Run - putting course • This is expected to open in June.
Driving Range Operations The new driving range will be a completely new facility compared to the previous Middlemore warm up area. This new facility has 4000m2 of turf hitting area, is 300m long and is 100m wide. It will also have the best quality synthetic turf for use during those times when play from the grass is not possible for one reason or another. The possibility of having some of the hitting area covered is also being considered so that members can continue to practice when it is raining. With the increased area, as well as the fact that there is turf to maintain, the cost of operating and maintaining the driving range increases significantly compared to the old Middlemore warm up area. To ensure that these costs are covered, the Committee has agreed a pricing structure for the use of the driving range as follows: • For players who are playing on the day, a complimentary token will be provided at registration in the Golf Shop, for 12 warm up balls. • For members who wish to use the range to practice, the bucket prices will be as follows: o Small, $7 - 40 balls o Medium, $9 - 60 balls o Large, $11 - 80 balls Members will be able to use their membership cards to dispense balls from the ball dispenser which will be located at the back of the driving range. Teaching Centre Following considerable research, and with extensive input from Marcus Wheelhouse, a Teaching Centre has been designed. This design, which is a concept only at this stage, will be on display for members to view in the new Clubhouse. This facility has been designed to contain the latest in golf teaching and club fitting technology. It has also been designed to have 3 hitting bays, a lounge with service counter/bar, a utility room for golf exercises or group meetings, and work stations for the teaching professionals. It is anticipated that the Teaching Centre will not only be a place where members can indulge in the latest technology with the help of our golf professionals, but also be a social hub for members who enjoy their practice. No decision has been made to build the Teaching Centre. The Teaching Centre is part of the Project Legacy wish list. The Teaching Centre is a high priority, but is currently not funded. It is expected that it will cost a little under $2m to build it and fit it out properly.