Former Lancashire star enjoys stunning new rolll

ANDREW McLoughney was the youngest-ever member of Blackpool North Shore Golf Club at the age of eight and under the guidance of Brendan Ward he went on to enjoy some great times with the Lancashire County teams from the age of 14 up to open age playing with the likes of Tommy Fleetwood, Matthew Baldwin and Matt Nixon,

After enjoying a golf scholarship at Queens University in North Carolina he then enjoyed playing in the high quality Victoria Pennant League in Australia where he was proud to have an unbeaten match play record.

He returned to the UK as an amateur and made the cuts in top amateur tournaments such as the English Amateur Championship and the Lytham Trophy before injury problems set in to limit his playing opportunities and successes.

Andrew then went to Vietnam as an ambassador for the Da Nang Golf Club where a motor bike accident saw a bad injury to his ankle finish his playing ambitions.

The next three years saw him have a long journey gaining experience in coaching, business and entertainment which has brought its reward by him becoming the owner of the plush new golf club – The Range- in the centre of Manchester based in Spinningfields which cost in excess of £800k to build.

Andrew and action at The Range

His experience of visiting golf clubs around the world left him with a desire to improve the industry’s standards and recovering from injury afforded him the time to plan his move into hospitality.

Andrew said: "The Range is a members club decked out with five simulators boasting some of the best virtual reality technology available offering both golf experts and novices the chance to play a round without having to leave the city centre.

"Its technology is better than that used by top names such as Tiger Woods for training and the simulators can recreate 100 of the most exclusive golf courses in the world and players can adjust a huge number of settings including every aspect of the weather.

"In depth data presented on each player includes ball speed, launch angle, backspin, sidespin, peak and entry and the simulators can be booked by the general public but members are given priority during busy times.

"For newbies there is always a coach on hand to offer advice and all the staff are trained to help.

"The first floor venue also features a stylishly-fitted restaurant and bar called Albatross & Arnold- open to both members and the public.

"Even though I’d like to think that our location and fit-out is very premium we’re certainly not posh and the barriers are certainly not there.

"There is a decorum level there that we’d expect people to follow, generally being a good neighbour, bout other than that we’re not prejudiced on clothing or what car you drive!

"To find out details and deals we have to offer check out"


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