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Aspire Golf Centre Reopens after flooding repairs completed

By: Golf Shake | Tue 30 Mar 2010 | Comments

A freak combination of prolonged torrential rain and a spring tide led to an exceptional rise in the level of the River Dee that left parts of the popular golfing facility partially submerged after the river burst its banks last November. The water engulfed the driving range and flooded the ground floor of the golf centre, including the driving bays, teaching studios and green keepers’ sheds.

Staff at Aspire soon had the nine-hole course re-opened but the driving range and teaching facilities required extensive repair.

The centre officially reopened last week and managing director John Duthie believes that the facilities are now better than ever. The golf shop has reopened as a branch of the well-known Nevada Bob’s golf and augments the existing store in Springfield Road, Aberdeen, which Aspire acquired when it took over in the north east of Scotland franchise in June 2009.

The golf driving range has a new feel and look about it with new flooring and bay dividers as well as Power Tees now being installed in all bays. The teaching studios and custom fit studio have been completely modernised with the installation of new equipment. The SAM Balance Board adds a new dimension to data available to the Professionals for both individual and corporate lessons. The custom fit studio is fitted out with a FlightScope launch monitor that is used to track the ball, spin rates and launch angles, thus allowing the fitter to accurately fit your equipment. Taylor Made have also confirmed that they will be fitting out the studio in the near future.

Mr Duthie said: “It was a blow when we realised the extent of the damage caused by the water, but we were determined to create something positive from our misfortune and everyone has worked tremendously hard to get to the stage where we’ve been able to make improvements to the facilities here at Aspire,”

“We had to wait until everything dried out before replacing all damaged equipment. We’ve even acquired 30,000 brand new golf balls to replace those destroyed during the flood,” added Mr Duthie.

Mr Duthie said he had received excellent support from insurance company NFU Mutual: “I’d like to thank our insurers for the way they handled our claim. It made the reconstruction process much easier. We have also received excellent support from local trades people and I’m genuinely grateful for the support we have received and it has enabled us to get going as quickly as possible.”

General manager Garry Russell added: “Aspire opened in 2004 and significant work was undertaken, as part of the original construction process, to safeguard against flooding. The fairways have been designed to drain exceptionally quickly. Head green keeper Roddy Mess, has done a tremendous job on the fairways and driving range. The golf course was playable within three weeks of the flooding and the driving range opened on March 8. We employ 15 people here at the centre and everyone has pulled together to get us back up and running as soon as possible.”
The Aspire Golf Centre offers golfers of all ages and abilities, from scratch players to first timers, a full range of practise facilities to test every aspect of the game at every level on its 50-acre site just two miles from the Bridge O’ Dee, on the South Deeside Road.

Aspire, which has the finest public practice facilities in Scotland, attracts more than 30,000 visitors per year. Nevada Bob’s is considered a major player within the golf industry and the brand is respected and recognised by the golf industry worldwide.

More information is available as www.aspiregolfcentre.com

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