Putting green built at Phoenix House in Catterick Garrison

A putting green has been built at Phoenix House in Catterick Garrison.

The new facility will be used by short stay, day visitors and guests to the Help for Heroes recovery centre.

The putting green was officially opened at a ceremony last month by Bernie Broad, Invictus Team GB Captain, and Peter Scrivener, Wasps Legends Trustee of Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation which funded the project.

In extremely wintry conditions, the all-weather course was certainly put to the test on the day and proved that nothing can stand in the way of a good game of golf.

From left, Bernie Broad and Peter Scrivener open the Help for Heroes Catterick Garrison Putting Green.

Speaking at the event, Bernie Broad said that sport and activities outdoors were vital to a healthy life style.

He said: “I was introduced to golf whilst going through my recovery and it was such an enabler for me. It gave me such a challenge and reason to get out of bed some mornings.

“The putting green in Catterick, kindly funded by the Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation, will enable individuals to get outside and do something out of the ordinary, clear their minds and just breathe in the fresh air.

“Good putting is also key to good golf and a low handicap.”

The kidney-shaped six-hole green was created using Huxley Golf Premier Nylon Putting Turf. To complete the project, a 35mm fringe surround was laid using Huxley Golf Leisure Turf.

Paul Chester, general manager at Huxley Golf, said: “This was an interesting project in terms of its design.

“The original idea was to position the new putting green on a hilly grassed area but, working in partnership with the management team, we concluded that the site was too steep.

“Our solution was to convert a disused bowls court. The result not only looks fantastic but importantly, it is easy for all visitors to access, regardless of injury.

“We’re extremely proud to have created a golf facility at three out of four Help for Heroes Recovery Centres.”

Help for Heroes head of recovery North, David McNeill, said the new creation would improve golfing skills and help the beneficiaries in other areas.

He said: “The putting green is brilliant and a fantastic resource. It will encourage people to challenge themselves through golf, whether as an individual or in a group.

“I look forward to seeing those we support staying out late into the summer nights, enjoying themselves and improving their golfing skills.”