Merchiston’s Golf Academy is based at the beautiful and challenging par 70, 18-hole Kings Acre Golf Course, just a few miles away from the School. This gives boys easy access to practice and coaching facilities and ensures that their time is well spent both at School and on the golf course.
In a perfect world, young golfers seeking to learn the basics of the game would have their own spot away from the adults where they could play in peace. That’s exactly what we have at Kings Acre: a special four-hole mini course with teeing areas, contoured greens and defined bunkers has been created just for junior players.
Providing a great introduction to the game of golf, the junior area is completely safe and very accessible – parents can watch their kids from the comfort of the clubhouse while the youngsters enjoy their very own course.
The Short Game Area
The short game is one of the most important aspects of golf, and Kings Acre has a first-class short game area where players of every standard can hone their skills and technique.
Widely used and highly regarded, the short game area is reputedly the best of its kind in Scotland.
It covers around six acres and allows large groups to work on their game in a safe and comfortable environment. There are two USGA specification target greens surrounded by numerous bunkers, which means you have every possible opportunity to test out and develop your short game.
Titleist National Fitting Centre
Equipment technology plays a pivotal part in the development of golfers. At Kings Acre, the Golf Academy boys are very fortunate to have the Titleist National Fitting Centre on their doorstep.
The centre, specializing exclusively in the leading-edge Titleist products, is fully equipped with an extensive range of Titleist products and an array of shaft options across Drivers, Fairways, Hybrids, Irons and Vokey Design Wedges.
The innovative Titleist SureFit Tour Hosel is also used during the fitting process to maximise the number of options available to the boys. Each fitting is conducted using TrackMan Pro launch monitor, which uses radar to track each and every shot played during the fitting session. The system displays three dimensional analysis of the shot in real time, as well as providing a complete statistical analysis of the club at impact and other vital information, such as launch angle and spin rates. This system, which is also used by Titleist Technicians on the European Tour when fitting some of the world’s elite players like Rory Mcllroy, is able to determine the Titleist club specifications which offer the best results for a player and ensure total accuracy throughout the fitting. This has already proved to be an extremely valuable facility addition to the Merchiston Golf Academy.