Newcastle Golf Centre Dublin

Newcastle Golf Centre Dublin

NEW! FootGolf

Would you like to try your skills at FootGolf? We now have a FootGolf Course at Ballybane. More details on our website www.footgolf-dublin.ie

driving range

Winter Golf at Newcastle Golf Centre

Keep your game in shape over the next few months with Winter Golf at Newcastle Golf Centre.

The driving range is the perfect opportunity to sharpen your winter golf skills and ensure your game is ready for the 2018 season. Indoor and outdoor bays means you can practice in all weather conditions. The floodlit range allows for practice even when it gets dark. The short game practice area always you to work on putting, chipping and bunker shots to give you a full practice session.

Floodlit Driving Range

Golf lessons are available by qualified golf coaches. They will cover all aspects from driving to putting to course management and more. Beginners to more experienced golfers can be catered for. A full golf club regripping and repair service is also available.

Why not take it to the course. The 18 hole par 3 golf course is always maintained to a high standard by our skilled greenkeeper. You can practice what you have learned on the  range. Then experience real conditions on the course. Bunkers, trees and other obstacles add to the challenge. Distances up to 185 metres you will improve your golf over the winter months.

Newcastle Golf Center Dublin Par 3 Golf Course

Par 3 Golf Course

There is no booking required. All ages are welcome. All skill levels are welcome from beginner to experienced golfer so just come along and enjoy the facilities at Newcastle Golf Centre Dublin. Gift vouchers are also available for all activities.

Tel: 01 6210201

Mob: 086 8299585

email: ngct@eircom.net

Gift Vouchers – Golf and Other Activities

Gift vouchers at Newcastle Golf Centre. Its that time of year again when Santa puts his golf clubs away for a day to make his worldwide journey! If you’re looking for a stocking filler, gift vouchers from Newcastle Golf Centre are the perfect present.

The perfect gift for the golfer in you’re life, our Gift Voucher can be used for a range of activities at Newcastle Golf Centre Dublin.

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Golf activities – Par 3 golf, Golf Driving Range, FootGolf, Golf Lessons

Other activities – Laser Clay Shooting, FootBowl, Target Disc Golf
To order a voucher

Tel: 01 6210201

Mob: 086 8299585

email: ngct@eircom.net

www.newcastlegolfcentredublin.com

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas from Newcastle Golf Centre Dublin.

Ireland’s Best Golf and Activity Centre

Newcastle Golf Centre-Ireland’s Best Golf and Activity Centre

At Newcastle Golf Centre we provide a range of excellent golf facilities and activity centre to cater for all ages and all interests. Only 30 minutes from Dublin we are the perfect location for a family day out, birthdays, team building and corporate days, stags and hens and more.

For the keen golfer our floodlit, covered driving range and short game practice area provide the perfect warm up before you head to the course. The 18 hole par 3 golf course is the perfect challenge set in a beautiful parkland location.

imageimageFor the part time golfer we now offer FootGolf! Part soccer, part golf, all entertainment and suitable for all skill levels. Great family fun and a brilliant way to play golf without having to carry clubs!

Or why not try something completely different- Laser Clay Shooting. Using real, deactivated guns, fire a harmless beam at a clay launched through the air. Completely safe, environmentally friendly as the clays are re usable and fun for any occasion. ( must be 16 years of age or older due to the weight of the guns).

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FootBowl, our newest activity is suitable for all ages. The aim of the game is simple, using a soccer ball or American football, knock down your opponents pins before they knock yours down. Looks easier than it is!

Booking is required for Laser Clay Shooting and FootBowl.  more activities coming soon, keep an eye on our website for future updates.

For more information on our current facilities contact us on

Newcastle Golf and Activity Centre

Peamount Lane, Newcastle, Co Dublin

Tel: 01 6210201

086 8299585(mobile)

email:ngct@eircom.net

Short Game Tips

The short game is one of the most important areas of golf but very often it is overlooked during practice sessions. The driver is favoured by most golfers when going to the practice range but by dividing equal time between the longer clubs and the short game even the occasional golfer will benefit  greatly. When we look at an average par 72 course with four par 3 holes, that would leave just 14 holes where the driver may be required. On the same course you will use the putter, chip from the edge of the grip, may hit shots from green side bunkers and will have pitch shots from 50 yards in.

Newcastle Gollf Centre - Chipping area

Chipping Area

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Check out the article below for tour pro Padraig Harringtons short game tips.

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Padraig Harrington

“Take it from me, short game practice is the quickest route to shooting lower scores. The vast majority of the shots that you hit in a typical round are from within 100 yards of the hole, and so it follows that the extra effort you put into your short game will produce big dividends in terms of cutting your handicap.
That’s simple logic and – perhaps more importantly – a huge return for little effort on your part.

As attractive as that prospect sounds, however, working on the short game just isn’t regarded as sexy when compared to smashing drivers into the middle distance.
The talk in the bar is usually all about the guy who hit the par-5 in two, or who hit an enormous drive round the corner of the dogleg, even if he ended up three putting.

Funny how the guy who hit three shots onto the green and holed the putt rarely rates a mention.

It isn’t for me to tell you how to spend the limited amount of time you have for practice. And yes, I understand that chipping, pitching and putting may not quite hold the allure of launching your latest titanium. But think of the benefits.

A tight short game helps you play well; it helps you to score even when you play badly; it makes you consistently a better golfer. I don’t know about you, but all of that sounds like a whole lot of fun to me…

Chip

Week-in, week-out, I see the same basic chipping error committed by at least one of my pro-am partners. Even before they attempt to play the shot, they are clearly thinking about lifting the ball up into the air. You can see it in the set-up. The usual symptoms are a dropping of the right shoulder and a shifting of weight on to the right side, away from the target (left). Pretty well the exact opposite of what you should be doing.

Look at it this way. The lowest part of your swing arc – i.e. where the clubhead strikes the ground – is always going to be directly below your sternum, which doubles as your centre of gravity. So all you have to do is create an address position that encourages the club to make contact with the ground directly under the ball. In other words, you need to set up with your sternum level with the ball. To do that, lean into your left side (let comfort determine the width of your stance) with as much as 90% of your weight on your left foot. Then leave it there throughout your swing.

If that proves difficult, try lifting your right foot all but off the ground at address so that only your big toe is touching. I often do that when I practise. You’ll soon get a cleaner, crisper, more consistent strike on the ball.

I’m not someone who chips with the same club all the time. To me, that requires too much in-swing manipulation and is just another complication to what should be a simple shot. So I chip with anything and everything, from a lob-wedge to a 6-iron, depending on how high I want the ball to fly and how much I want it to run on landing. Work on that a bit.

Pick a spot on the practice green and, using each of your chipping clubs, aim to land the ball on that spot and see how far it runs out from that landing area.

Only the club changes – the technique doesn’t. As you will discover, the more lofted the club you use, the less the ball will want to run out on the green. You have to use this information to figure out which club suits a certain situation on the course. In general, I recommend you get the ball on the deck as soon as possible. It’s easier to hit a target spot that is near to you, playing a low runner, than it is aiming to fly the ball with a high lob.

Pitch

I’m often asked when a chip turns into a pitch. My answer is ‘when the length of the shot requires you to make even the smallest pivot,’ which, for me, equates to somewhere around the 60-yard mark. The best strategy is to see your pitches as ‘mini-shots’ that are produced by a swing that is made at less than your full speed.

That’s important.

Obviously the hands have to be sensitive to the shot and the wrists will hinge and respond to the weight of the clubhead, adding to the overall rhythm of your swing. But at the same time you want to at least feel that you eliminate hand action as much as possible so that you are able to consistently control your speed through the ball. Ideally, you only want to dislodge a small shallow divot after the ball has been strick. A big divot tells you that your swing is too steep.

For the desired ball-turf impact, think ‘shallow’ on your downswing. Which isn’t the same as sweeping the ball off the turf. You still want to produce a slightly downward hit through impact. To encourage this, set up with the ball about halfway between the middle of your stance and your left heel. In other words, more forward than you might first think.

Once you are happy at address – again, let comfort dictate the distance between your feet – focus on swinging within yourself. You hardly ever want to be trying to hit the ball more than 75% of what you would consider your maximum distance. Let’s say you can hit your lob wedge 80 yards flat out.

You should rarely use that club for a pitch of more than 60 yards. A little practice will soon give you a feel for how far you can hit the ball with a variety of backswing lengths.

Splash

unker play is a bit like chipping, at least when it comes to your address position. As you did for the chip shot, you want to create ‘impact’ at address.

So set up this time with your sternum directly above a point about an inch behind the ball. In other words, above the area of sand you want the sole of the club to enter the sand as you skim it through.

Again, you want most of your weight – about 90% – on your left side. Again, you want to leave it there throughout the swing. That has the benefit of angling your shoulders downward from right to left, which allows you to make a slightly steeper than normal backswing and forward swing and encourages you to ‘skim’ the club through the sand. When you get that right, the ball flies out high and soft.

Perfect.

How open?

Good bunker technique revolves around a good set-up position. For me, that involves letting the length of the shot I am playing dictate how far left I aim my body at address and how much I open the clubface. It’s a trade-off.

The simple rule of thumb that I follow is that for every degree I open the clubface, I open up my body by the same amount. So, for a standard greenside shot, a line along my feet will be aimed roughly 30 degrees left of the flag, the clubface opened until the leading edge is aligned 30 degrees right of the flag – as we have illustrated here (left). If I want the ball to go further than normal, I square up both my stance and the clubface.

If I don’t want the ball to go as far – say, when I want a very soft pop-up type shot – I would significantly open both my stance and the clubface until I was satisfied that I had the perfect set-up for the shot (right).

One last thing. Even the briefest of glances at all the best sand players reveals that every one of them has a significant bend in their knees at address. They ‘sit down’ to hit bunker shots. You should, too.”

Article from www.golftoday.co.uk/proshop/features/chip_pitch_splash.html

At Newcastle Golf Centre we have a practice putting green, 2 chipping greens and practice bunkers to ensure your short game is the best it can be.

Practice Putting Green & Chipping Area

Driving Range Practice Drills

Here’s a great way to improve your golf and practice with a purpose. Its easy to stand on the range and hit balls randomly all day but while it might be fun for a few minutes, the novelty will soon wear off with little or no improvement to your golf.

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Instead use these 6 practice drills to sharpen all aspects of your golf game.

1. REHEARSE YOUR FULL SWING

Don’t be a mindless range rat when working on your full swing. Instead, take one deliberate, mindful practice swing before each shot, mimicking the feel or technique you’re working on that day. For example, if you’re working on a more upright backswing, make a purposeful rehearsal that employs your new swing key, then repeat it when hitting the shot. This helps you reinforce the new motor skill you’re trying to learn. It also keeps you focused on the all-important process of the swing, not just the quality of the contact.

 2. MAKE DEAD AIM A GAME

On the practice tee, visualize a course you know well and “play” an entire nine or 18 holes [minus putts]. If the first “hole” calls for driver, then 6-iron, then wedge, hit those clubs in succession; choose a specific target for each shot, and follow your normal pre-shot routine. This drill makes you hit your clubs in random order, just as you would on the course, and it also helps you work on visualization. Turn it into a game. Give yourself a score — one point for a quality swing, zero for each so-so shot, and minus-one for poor shots [tops, chunks, etc.]. Your goal? Beat the previous score by at least one point.

3. DIAL IN YOUR CHIPPING DISTANCE
On the practice green, take five balls and hit chips of various lengths to your target hole until you knock all five to within a club-length of the cup [make it two or three club-lengths if chipping isn’t your strength]. Once you go five-for-five, repeat the drill, this time trying to knock them all inside, say, the steel of the club. Hey, we told you this would be hard!

4. BE AMBITIOUS FROM FIVE FEET
Find a straight five-foot putt on your practice green and keep rollin’ ’em until you make 50 — yes, 50! — in a row, going back to zero after every miss. Is this easy? Heck no. It might take you two hours, it might take you two days. But it’s doable. Once you get to 47, 48, 49 putts…well, that’s where you’ll learn what pressure is. This drill smoothes out your short stroke and banishes the fear of knee-knockers. Don’t give up until you’ve rolled in No. 50, or until your wife sends out a search party. [And take the occasional break to stretch your lower back!]

5. GET A FEEL FOR YOUR HALF WEDGES
Few weekend golfers practice hitting wedges at less than full distances, but you face those shots all the time on the course. Pick three awkward distances — 35, 50 and 75 yards, respectively — and hit ten balls at each target. Give yourself a point for each ball that lands within what you consider an acceptable distance — perhaps 15 to 30 feet. Whatever you score, try to beat that number the next day, with the perfect score of 30 being your Holy Grail.

6. GET SERIOUS FROM THE SAND
Instead of mindlessly blasting sand shots from the practice bunker, let a precise goal sharpen your prep. Choose a challenging radius around a hole — it could be 10 feet or 50 feet, depending on your skill level. Using five balls, try to blast all five shots within your chosen radius. Give yourself two points for hole-outs, one point for inside-the-radius shots, and zero points for all others. Once you score five points with five swings, you win! Now shrink your radius, choose a new distance, and start all over.

http://www.golf.com/instruction/six-drills-help-you-master-art-deliberate-practice

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Gift Voucher

Looking for a last minute Christmas present? Its that time of year again when Santa puts his golf clubs away for a day to make his worldwide journey! If you’re looking for a stocking filler, Newcastle Golf Centre is here to help.

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The perfect gift for the golfer in you’re life, our Gift Voucher can be used for a range of activities at Newcastle Golf Centre Dublin.

  • Par 3 golf
  • Golf Driving Range
  • FootGolf
  • Golf Lessons
  • Footbowl
  • and more

To order a voucher

Tel: 01 6210201

Mob: 086 8299585

email: ngct@eircom.net

www.newcastlegolfcentredublin.com

www.footgolf-dublin.ie

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas from Newcastle Golf Centre Dublin.

Golf Instruction at Newcastle Golf Centre

Golf Instruction at Newcastle Golf Centre

How to cure a slice? How to stop hooking? Topped or fat shots? How to hit a fade or a draw? How to make more putts?

Take your golf game to the next level. Whether picking up a club for the first time or if you are looking for a single figure handicap, a golf lesson at Newcastle Golf Centre Dublin will develop a lesson programme to suit your needs and help with your golfing goals.

Golf Instruction

Golf Instruction

 

Golf instruction is available from Qualified Golf Teachers, with a number of years golf instruction experience. If you are slicing, hooking or having any issue with your golf swing or just want advice our experienced coaches can guide you with excellent tuition.

The range of facilities at Newcastle Golf Centre mean that we can cover all aspects of the game. From driving and irons on the driving range, putting, chipping and bunker play on the short game practice area and bringing it all together on the par 3 golf course. Golf club Regripping and repairs are also available on site to ensure the clubs are suited to the individual golfers needs.

Located only minutes from Newcastle, Celbridge, Lucan, Clondalkin, Tallaght, Rathcoole, Leixlip and only a short drive from the N7, N4 and M50 motorways, Newcastle Golf Centre is an ideal location for golf lessons in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and more.

To book a golf lesson or for enquiries

http://www.newcastlegolfcentredublin.com/services/golf-lessons

Tel: 016210201

Mob: 0868299585

Email: ngct@eircom.net

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The Masters 2015

Best of Luck Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington Graeme McDowell, Shane Lowry and Darren Clarke this weekend at the Masters 2015 at Augusta, from all of us at Newcastle Golf Centre Dublin.

For all the latest from Augusta National follow the link below to the Masters 2015 official website.

http://www.masters.com/index.html

 

Padraig Harrington

Congratulations to Padraig Harrington on his fantastic victory at the Honda Classic and heres hoping he can keep that form going for the Masters in Augusta and over the course of the season. Check out this article to see what clubs he used to win.

http://www.golfdigest.com/blogs/the-loop/2015/03/winners-bag-why-padraig-harrin.html

Operation Transformation!

What better way to get some fresh air and exercise than by playing golf. The par 3 Golf Course at Newcastle Golf Centre gives all level of golfers from beginner to professional a wonderful challenge in a beautiful parkland location.

The golf course can be completed in less than two hours meaning you have enjoyed a good walk but still have time left to carry on with lifes busy schedules.

Make this your Operation Transformation and improve your health while improving your golf at the same time.

Click the link to see the health benefits of playing golf. http://golftips.golfsmith.com/physical-benefits-playing-golf-1060.html