England (Midlands) Region
14 Jan 19
Walsall Golf Club members can now test their skills on some of the world’s most challenging courses and practise whatever the weather thanks to PGA pros Dan Higgs and Ian Proverbs (pictured right) .
The pair have taken over as joint head PGA Professionals at the club in the West Midlands following the retirement of Richard Lambert after 35 years’ service.
One of their first moves has been to revamp the pro shop and install a state-of-the-art indoor academy that, equipped with a Trackman launch monitor, can be used for coaching, club-fitting, practice and social events.
Moreover, the pair have wasted no time in ringing the changes. The academy and new look shop were opened within six weeks of them succeeding Lambert and the conversion, undertaken by two Walsall Golf Club members, took half that time.
“The indoor academy occupies an area that previously housed used clubs and, as well as completely refitting the shop, we’ve moved the entrance to make it more accessible,” explained Proverbs, who has been at the club for 27 years.
“Dan and John Robinson from Revive Shopfitting completed the work in three weeks and the result has surpassed our expectations. Anyone who has seen the new layout will agree what a superb job they’ve done.
“We’re also indebted to Walsall Golf Club. They have made a very generous financial contribution and we couldn’t have achieved this without their support.”
Proverbs and Higgs have also made a substantial investment, not least in the Trackman.
“It’s an expensive piece of kit but that, and the software, ticks all the boxes for us,” Proverbs added. “It will be invaluable for us in terms of coaching and club-fitting and there’s also the fun side of the simulator.”
The 50-plus members who tackled the par three 12th hole at Muirfield Village on the simulator in a nearest the pin competition at the official opening clearly agreed.
“We use that hole a lot,” added Higgs, who began working at Walsall in 2011.
“Muirfield Village is one of 20 or so courses we have on the simulator. The Old Course at St Andrews, Troon and Birkdale are also on there and we’ve already taken a lot of bookings from groups of four holding competitions.”