Mark Rozenbroek was a man with a vision. He wanted to create the ‘ultimate golf gaming centre’ where people of all ages and abilities could enjoy the game – and it has won him England Golf’s Modernisation Award.
Six years ago he spotted the potential of a driving range in Hull. Today, after a £1 million investment, together with commitment, research and innovation, One Stop Golf has achieved the dream.
It is a place where young children play by dodging pirates and sharks on a fun Pirate Adventure Golf course, whilst the likes of European Tour professional David Lynn practices just yards away, using industry leading technology to study his game and prepare for his next PGA event.
Mark was presented with his award by Martin Slumbers, the incoming Chief Executive of the R&A, at a gala dinner at the England Golf annual conference at Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire.
“It’s fantastic to be recognised by England Golf and winning a national award is special,” said Mark. “I’m getting all the glory but I have a business partner, David Wood, who is very involved an also has a lot of vision about what we should be doing.” The approach at One Stop Golf supports the aims of the England Golf strategic plan, ‘Raising Our Game’ which calls on all who care about the sport to work together to create a brighter future for the game, including more members, more players and stronger clubs.
The philosophy at One Stop is that golf should be for anyone and everyone and that it should always be fun. As part of that goal the team have developed three golf gaming concepts: Fun Golf to encourage beginners; Target Golf and a Short Game Challenge to offer opportunities to more experienced players and professionals.
The centre also includes a 19-bay floodlit range, with gel mats and ‘pop up tees’; a nine-hole Footgolf course, and excellent facilities in the Premier Lounge.
Last year more than 100,000 visitors used the facilities, up more than 20 per cent on 2013. The Footgolf has been a huge success - throughout 2014, an average of 500 players a week took on the course, with weekends packed with families, friends and local sports teams.
Away from the sporting side, the Premier Lounge held more than 120 events over the past 12 months, with approximately 12,000 visitors for business meetings, birthday parties, funerals and weddings.
The business also plays an active part in the local community, partnering with local organisations to promote golf as a sport for keeping fit, regulating weight and enjoyment - particularly amongst the younger generation.
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