RYDER Cup legend, Sam Torrance, declared the new Loretto Golf Academy Indoor Centre as “an unbelievable place” when he officially opened the world-class facility yesterday (Monday, 5th October).
Loretto pupils, Nikolaj Dahl and Isla Anderson spoke at the opening ceremony of their golfing experience and introduced Sam Torrance to the 200 guests present for the event.
The former Ryder Cup Captain and player was wowed by the state-of-the-art facility – the first of its kind to be established by a UK school.
“This type of facility wasn’t around when I was young,” said Sam Torrance who seemed particularly impressed to hear that the indoor centre would be used by children as young as five.
“It is great that they are starting them at that age as it is important that young golfers get off on the right footing. Maybe we will see a Rory McIlroy or Sandy Lyle come from Loretto.”
Sam Torrance with Loretto pupils, Rachael Barker, Isla Anderson and Eilidh Henderson
Housed in the former swimming complex, the building has been transformed into indoor golfing paradise and the new facility will build upon Loretto’s development and golf coaching programme. The facility includes an indoor driving range, short game facility, putting analysis, and a teaching studio with video analysis and Trackman technology.
The Loretto Golf Academy, launched in 2002, has been developed in partnership with Scottish Golf, for use by national squads, local community groups as well as the School’s 600 pupils.
Scottish Golf’s Chief Executive, said, “Loretto School has really embraced golf/ Golf is at the heart of the School and it shows. It is the premier golf school, not just in the UK, but in Europe.”
Loretto’s headmaster Dr Graham Hawley said, “It was a pleasure to welcome Sam Torrance to Loretto and have him open our brand new indoor golf centre. We have 260 out of Loretto’s total of 600 pupils participating in golf each week. Loretto has the leading school golf programme in Europe and it is fitting that our pupils have the best of facilities.”