Teeing off a new golf shop in town

MHDE-10-11-11 GOLF NOV28 (1)'Pictured is golf professional Richard Mudge, at his new golf business, The Golf Zone, Station Close, Daventry.
MHDE-10-11-11 GOLF NOV28 (1)'Pictured is golf professional Richard Mudge, at his new golf business, The Golf Zone, Station Close, Daventry.

A NEW golf shop has opened which will enable you to play courses all over the world.

The Golf Zone opened its doors for the first time on Saturday and is being run by Richard Mudge, best known for his 22 years as a professional at Staverton Park.

However the shop in Station Road, Daventry, which sells items such as bags, clothing and clubs, enables even the most amateur golfer the chance to take on some of the world’s most famous courses, including Pebble Beach, California which has been home to the US Open.

Mr Mudge said: “I was aware that I had a name around here and I thought my best chance of being successful was to do something locally.

“I saw that there was a chance to do something here and took the chance.”

He is also very pleased with the location which has a number of benefits.

Mr Mudge added: “It is a great location, people can park right outside the store and this place used to be a furniture store so there are plenty of high ceilings which is really useful.”

However, the best part of the store, according to Mr Mudge, is a simulator and the perfect chance to get some practise in while the gloomy winter weather is in full swing.

“There is top-of-the range equipment in here which enables you to play a number of courses in different weather conditions,” he explained.

The simulation equipment enables him to indulge in one of his favourite past times, passing on his skills to the next generation.

Mr Mudge said: “With the equipment we have, we can record the swing and it will also analyse it, so we know what we can improve on.

“I will be doing golf lessons in here because with this, we can help people with a whole range of golfing abilities. There is also a chance people can hire the room and use to play a round of golf when the weather is not so great.”

He also opened up the store for a number of taster sessions before its official opening.

Mr Mudge said: “The reaction we have had from people has been really good so far, there has been a lot of people interested in the shop and in the simulator, so am hoping to build on the initial interest.”