The Torrance name goes hand in hand with golf in Ayrshire, so it is fitting that the family’s vision should be at the heart of a major development for sport in the area.
As the reconstruction of the sportscotland Inverclyde National Sports Training Centre continues, a makeover has begun on the Bob Torrance School of Golf, marking the latest phase of the £12million project.
Named after the legendary golf coach who lived in Largs and coached at the National Centre, the Bob Torrance School of Golf has long been an important part of the facilities on offer at Inverclyde.
The late Bob, known as the ‘Swing Doctor’, coached or advised some of the world’s best players including Ian Woosnam, Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington – who even had his own room at the Torrance family home in Largs.
The new Inverclyde will be a fully inclusive residential training facility, the first of its kind in Scotland, and building on the legacy of Bob Torrance forms an important part of the vision for the facility.
“This is a really exciting time in the development of our National Centre. Works are at an advanced stage on the main buildings and we are now beginning work on delivering a new golf practice facility,” said John Kent, principal.
“The golf facility has always been an important part of our offering here at Inverclyde so we are delighted that we have been able to include a significant upgrade as part of our £12million development works.
“Bob Torrance was a world class coach, but he was also an important member of the Largs community, and a part of the family here at Inverclyde.
"We look forward to introducing a world class golf training facility for Scotland to continue his legacy.”
The course, which has a stunning outlook across the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Bute and over the mountains of Arran, will offer year-round access for high-performance golfers as well as club, school, and community members.
Ryder Cup star Sam Torrance, who was coached by his father Bob, said: “It’s fantastic news to see sportscotland’s golf facility at Inverclyde National Sports Training Centre in Largs get the go-ahead for such an amazing facelift.
“The facilities have always been good, but they will now be exceptional, and I know my dad would be very proud to know that the Centre where he spent so much time will be such a leading venue in golf coaching.”
The chief executive of Scottish Golf, Blane Dodds, added: “We’re delighted with the work being undertaken to redevelop the Bob Torrance School of Golf at the sportscotland Inverclyde National Sports Training Centre.
"Bob was a much-loved character across the game, internationally and in Scotland, and the upgrade to the facilities is a fitting testament to his legacy. I’m sure the new facilities will be a great asset for coaches and players alike.”
Soutar Sports Ltd has been appointed to carry out the work to improve and extend the four-hole golf training centre with a completion date of summer 2018. The unique facility will provide:
- Four training holes with target greens and tees arranged in a short course loop
- Two performance putting greens
- Three driving range areas – including the refurbished existing covered bays
- Reshaping of the ground levels to address drainage and allow easier ball collection
- Improved underground drainage and irrigation to performance greens
Find out more
For information on the National Centre redevelopment visit the Inverclyde website.
You can also find out more about what is happening in Scottish golf here.