A stream of 62,500 golf balls soared alongside the Canary Wharf skyline during a record-breaking day at Greenwich Peninsula Golf Range .

The two-tiered facility, a few minutes walk from The O2 on the banks of the Thames, opened in July and has proved popular with residents and Wharf workers alike.

The milestone moment was made on Saturday, October 10.

It offers 60 bays manned by PGA professionals and caters for beginners and seasoned pros.

Marketing director Phil Richins says the “wow factor” of its riverside location had cemented the venue as, in his view, the second best in the country, hot on the heels of World of Golf New Malden.

He said: “This is probably the best location in England, if not the best in the world. It’s got the wow factor with The O2 on our right and the river and Canary Wharf on our left and, being fully floodlit at night, it looks spectacular.

“In London, there’s nothing like this, and a lot of people are coming here who would not necessarily have visited the Greenwich Peninsula. So as a vehicle for making the peninsula more well-known, this is ticking the boxes.

“And it’s going to be such a vibrant area as Knight Dragon continue to build properties, and this will be an integral part of that.”

Those who opt for properties within the development will receive a Greenwich Peninsula Golf Range loyalty card as well as a 50-minute swing evaluation. Classes solely for women are also on the agenda.

Phil’s determination to see the site “grow and grow” will be boosted in January when it launches an initiative which will see PGA professionals visiting schools in Greenwich and Tower Hamlets to teach golf skills.

This will be followed up by a tournament where the schoolchildren will take on the Canary Wharf business community.

“It’s taking golf to youngsters who wouldn’t necessarily have had chance to hit a golf ball before,” said Phil.