Reading The Green

A partnership like no other, sponsors of Ashton & Lea Golf Club, The Spectacle Factory, hosted its first open day at the picturesque golf club, writes Emma Brereton. Photography: Steve Wright

On Sunday, 15th October, The Spectacle Factory customers enjoyed a welcoming coffee and a bacon sandwich, before teeing off at the beautiful Ashton & Lea Golf course.

As sponsors of the golf club, the day aimed to promote the importance of your vision when playing a game of golf whilst enjoying all the facilities of one of the best golf clubs in the area.

The club, located on the western edge of Preston, is highly praised for its excellent greens, welcoming approach and quality of catering. The course is renowned for its range of challenges for all abilities, from beginners to experts.

Good vision is essential in a game of golf. During the game a player needs to judge distances and angles, spot hazards, track the ball against a low contrast background as well as read undulations on the ground to factor into a shot.

Rob Sands of The Spectacle Factory said: “Golf is the one sport where vision is everything. Most don’t consider that. People are happy to invest a lot in a new set of clubs but neglect their vision when it’s one of the best ways to improve their game.”

The Spectacle Factory specialises in golf eyewear to improve a player’s vision for the game and can help people whether they have a prescription or not.

Ian Barton who attended the golf day said: “The event was a great example of excellent customer service. The team at The Spectacle Factory treat all of its customers very well and I was delighted to take up the offer of a round of golf.”

“The course was in such good condition considering the amount of rain we have had in Lancashire recently which is a real credit to the club and the greenkeeper.”

A successful day all round, the club hopes the event was tempting enough to attract new members. “One significant target for the club in 2018 is to promote golf to the younger generation,” says Steve Wright of Ashton & Lea Golf Club.”

“We have introduced an extended intermediate membership for anyone under 30 years of age, for £520pa if membership is taken up before end of December 2017 and £535p.a. from January 2018. And for all juniors, up to age 18, the annual fee will be just £70.”

The club wants to support the future of golf so much that if a junior doesn’t have a set of clubs, the club will loan a set for the first 12 months of membership as well as providing two free lessons with their golf pro Dan.

Work is also about to start on fantastic developments to the overall practise facilities which include:
• Chipping and pitching green including practice bunkers
• Pitching/chipping matts to existing short game and future green area
• Putting green on both level and contour areas
• Revised foot and trolley cleaning area

Steve concludes: “Full membership for 2018 is very competitive compared with nearby golf clubs, so considering the exceptional condition of the course, and food that is both appetising and extremely good value for money, it is the place to play golf in 2018.”

Ashton & Lea Golf Club
Tudor Avenue, Lea, Preston PR4 0XA
01772 735282

The Spectacle Factory
Unit A Dewhurst Row, Bamber Bridge
Preston PR5 6BB
01772 312213



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