Greenwich Peninsula Golf Range will unveil its 60-bay driving range manned by top PGA coaches to eager south east Londoners tomorrow, Friday (July 3)
The Astroturf site in Tunnel Avenue - launched by Europe’s largest golf academy N1 Golf - forms part of developer Knight Dragon’s Greenwich Peninsula housing and leisure scheme.
It also boasts a 3,000sq ft golf retail shop and Vinothec Compass restaurant.
Want to know more?
We chatted to N1 Golf’s marketing manager Phil Richins ahead of the launch.
Go to n1golf.com/london .
Tell us more?
It’s a driving range, but it’s certainly in the most high profile location in Europe.
It’s got 60 bays in two tiers of 30 and the distance you can hit is 280 yards.
There’s flags and holes to give targets on the raised green and there will be six PGA professionals offering advice – it’s as simple as turning up and playing.
It’s not a stuffy environment at all – it’s engendered to having fun.
The Greenwich Peninsula scheme will be a really great place to live - N1 golf founder Declan Malone had the idea six years ago - and Knight Dragon has been fantastic.
And golfers will be swinging as the Thames Clippers are sailing by ...
It has got the real wow factor. To your left you’ve got the river and Canary Wharf and to your right, you’ve got The O2.
When people get to it, they won’t believe it. Visitors already have said that it doesn’t feel like you’re in the UK and it feels like you’re abroad on a sunny day.
Is it filling a gap in the golf market?
The nearest driving range is Sidcup nine miles away. But in terms of London, there is nothing like it - anyone who hits a ball here is normally hitting into a sheet, then a machine takes over.
Do I have to be a top notch Tiger Woods to tee off here?
Anyone from a beginner to a scratch handicap can play here.
We’re all about youngsters - they are the future and we will be launching the N1 Golf Foundation.
We want to promote golf in the inner city and we’ve got pros who will go into the more deprived areas and start teaching at after-school clubs to introduce the game of golf and give kids a chance to hit a ball.
Wouldn’t it be great if we found the next Rory McIlroy?
Each of the bays will be big enough for a sofa with a separate golf range food menu, where waiters will bring food and drink to you.
It costs £6 for 60 balls, £12 for 120 balls but before 5.30pm it’s £5 and £10 respectively.
We’re open Monday to Sunday, 365 days a year
Ah yes, there’s a restaurant and golf shop on site too.
We wanted to create a one-stop destination. Often at driving ranges people come up, hit a ball and leave to go somewhere else.
We wanted to create something which was really special and keeps them here.
You don’t have to come and hit balls - the Vinothec Compass restaurant will be a destination because of where it is.
It’s casual fine dining, opens to 11pm and has a wine school and stocks up to 600 different wine.
Then there’s the 30,000sqft sport retail shop stocking all the major brands in golf.