New Golf Centre brings the latest training technology to students in Dornoch

North Highland College UHI were pleased to unveil their brand new Centre for Golf to a small group of stakeholders at their campus in Dornoch.

The new purpose-built indoor golf facility is an extension to the college’s Dornoch campus, previously known as Burghfield House, which has been designed to improve golf student’s learning experience with the highest specification equipment in a state-of-the-art facility.  

Principal Debbie Murray was delighted to welcome a small crowd of attendees from the university, local community, local golf clubs and The Professional Golfers Association (PGA).   

Speaking about the new facility, Principal Murray said: “Scotland is known as the home of golf and what better place to study and learn than in Dornoch. The substantive investment we have made in Dornoch cements our place within golf education. With our new high-quality facility, our highly trained staff and excellent programmes in professional golf and golf management, we will continue to provide benefits for continuing and new students alike. Next year the centre will also be open to the public on a commercial basis and ahead of that milestone we very much look forward to welcoming our communities in for a series of planned open days over the winter.”  

The large open-plan space includes a large putting surface and 3 swing bays. This area features; SAM Puttlab; Trackman swing analysis and simulator studios; GASP camera and pressure plate systems; GCQuad Bay; Zen Greenstage; and PuttView training.   

This facility is unique in the region and provides opportunities for community engagement as well as public access in the future.   

The college’s Curriculum Leader for Golf and Sport, Alan Fleming, has been involved in designing the new facility and is very pleased to see it completed: “The new world class facilities here on our campus will provide the students a learning environment where they can develop their coaching skills, their industry knowledge and their own golf game. Alongside the golf facilities and the equipment workshop, the new classroom spaces provide an excellent and flexible learning space for all our students. We can also now host public usage of the facility as well as workshops and events with our industry partners. This also adds to the opportunity for our students to gain experience and exposure to golf industry expertise while here in Dornoch.  This facility was also designed to supplement the quality golf provision in the region and to add to Dornoch and the surrounding area as a destination for golf.  

The Provost of Dornoch, Paddy Murray, said: “The town of Dornoch congratulates UHI on the opening of the new Centre for Golf and extension at the Dornoch Campus. The new Centre and extension will enable the highly successful Professional Golf courses to expand, and to bring young people from all over the globe to Dornoch to benefit from a world-class Professional Golf education alongside the world-renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Club – what a terrific opportunity!”  

General Manager at Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Neil Hampton, thinks the new facility will be a fantastic addition to students and local golfers alike “The UHI Golf programmes will now be market-leading as a result of students being trained with the latest analysis equipment, giving them skills which are required around the world. While the benefits of growing the student population in Dornoch is obvious, the local golfers, and maybe some visiting golfers, can also benefit from this technology and improve their own golf games when the centre opens to the public commercially.” 

The Dornoch campus continues to house the university’s Centre for History and the college’s Professional Cookery and Hospitality courses.   

To find out more about the college’s golf programmes visit https://www.northhighland.uhi.ac.uk/subjects/golf/