Golf enthusiasts and friends of Morley Hayes turned out in force to see Derby County stars Jack Marriott and Martyn Waghorn carry out the official opening of the new driving range and Tower Café at the facility on Main Road in Morley.
The event marked the completion of extensive renovation works to expand the golf provision at Morley Hayes, which includes a 17 bay, all-weather floodlit driving range. The expansion has also seen the creation of better disabled access and 18 more parking spaces.
Alongside the driving range is the new Tower Café, which serves hot and cold drinks and a selection of snacks, cakes and light bites. There is a new comfortable lounge area where golfers can relax after a session on the range.
The café is also open to business customers and includes power sockets on each table and free wi-fi.
A new retail area showcases a range of golf clothing, accessories and golf balls from leading golf brands such as Under Armour, Footjoy and Titleist.
The new driving range complements the already top-class golf facilities available at Morley Hayes, which include a championship length 18-hole Manor course, 9-hole Tower course, golf pavilion and the highly-respected East Midlands Golf Academy.
After the event, Jack and Martyn signed autographs and posed for photos, before heading out on the driving range and trying their hand at hitting one of the new illuminated signs, another new addition for golfers.
Commenting on the launch, Andrew Allsop, managing director of Morley Hayes, said:
“Our thanks go out to Jack and Martyn for taking time out of their busy schedules to cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of our new driving range.
“The new facilities really complement what we’ve already got at Morley Hayes, with fantastic restaurants, a luxury four-star hotel and two golf courses.
“The new driving range and Tower Café are already proving a hit with our customers and we they continue to be enjoyed for many years to come.”
James Whatley, academy director of East Midlands Golf Academy (EMGA) and head professional at Morley Hayes, added:
“The changes you’ll see include the new café, which is open seven days a week, a new retail shop and new power tees.
“Out on the driving range there are new rugby posts which can be used as targets. We’ve also got a new game card for people to come and use when they practice.”
Set in the stunning Derbyshire countryside overlooking parkland golf courses, Morley Hayes boasts a luxury four star, 32-bedroom hotel and a choice of three restaurants, including the award-winning two AA rosette Dovecote restaurant, Roosters and Spike Bar.
The new driving range is open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 10.00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 7.30am to 9.00pm.