With golf’s return as an Olympic sport in 2016, Bowood nurtures youngsters with August training courses.
Bowood Golf Pro, Simon Shanks will be giving his expert guidance having just been named one of the country’s Top 100 coaches by Golf World Magazine.
For young golfers with an eye on the 2016 Olympics (when golf will be reinstated as an Olympic event), there’s no time like now to start training for Rio de Janeiro!
Indeed, Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort (near Calne, Wiltshire www.bowood-hotel.co.uk) is helping interested novices and first-timers get to grips with the game of golf thanks to two summer holiday courses running from Monday 6th – Friday 10th and Monday 13th – Friday 17th August. These courses – designed to provide an introduction to golf – will be guided by one of the top coaches in the country.
Not only can youngsters enrolling in Bowood’s training weeks and count upon really superb facilities at one of the South West’s finest courses, but also the expert guidance of one of Golf World magazine’s ‘Top 100 Golf Coaches in Great Britain & Ireland’. Bowood Golf Pro, Simon Shanks (aged 31) will be leading these courses, fresh from his appearance in the magazine’s August 2012 issue in which he was judged to be one of the best coaches in the whole of the country, as well as being one of just 16 names within the listing’s ‘South-West and West section’ and one of only two coaches from Wiltshire to be selected.
Youngsters heading in the direction of the Bowood’s 18-hole championship golf course – set within the western corner of Capability Brown’s Grade 1 listed parkland stretching out across 2,000 acres – will be taught how to chip and put, develop their swing and navigate bunkers as part of a group of no more than 12 pupils (aged from 7 years old upwards). Each day’s proceedings will run from 9am to 3pm, taking place on the the three-hole Academy course and the two putting greens, set back from the 18-hole championship golf course next door to the 43-bedroom Bowood Hotel.
“As well as the golf specific coaching, we will also work on a range of movement skills to enhance athletic development and overall fitness” explains Simon Shanks.
“Starting to play golf as a youngster is the ideal,” adds Simon who was 11 years old when he took up the game. “I had watched the sport on TV and there’s no doubt that watching the likes of Seve and Nick Faldo really sparked my interest.”
As a school boy, Simon played for his local club and then went on to play in the West Wilts boys team. After leaving schoool, he then trained at Kingsdown Golf Club where he worked as an assistant professional and undertook a PGA diploma. During his further five years at Kingsdown he coached the club’s junior section while also teaching at Coombe Grove Manor. Simon has coached at Bowood for the past six years where he is now the Head Training Coach and during the past three years he has also been Head Coach for Wiltshire’s boys golf team and Head Coach for the Wiltshire Golf Academy for up-and-coming youngsters.
Further details on the Junior Coaching courses can be found at: http://www.bowood-golf.co.uk/uploads/Junior_Coaching_Weeks_2012.pdf . Those wishing to book their place – priced at £120 per child for the week with lunch included (and loan of golf clubs, if required) – should call the Bowood Pro Shop on 01249 822228 or e-mail: email@example.com.
More seasoned junior golfers, however, might like to make a diary note that Bowood’s Open Week will be taking place from 21-26 August and there’ll be a ‘Junior Open’ category within the competition week.