Play to Par Golf Academy York – Reviewed

Play to Par Golf Academy York

Have you heard of Play to Par yet? Brand new to York, it’s an independent golf academy where everyone’s welcome to have fun, test out their skills or even have their first go at swinging a club. When we were invited to have a look around and try it for ourselves, we recruited our sport-obsessed eldest (12) to come too and give it a go. Here’s what we made of York’s newest and sportiest attraction. 

How to find Play to Par

Play to Par is tucked away in an industrial unit just off Poppleton’s Rose Avenue, opposite Point Zero Trampoline Park. We followed the SatNav but did get slightly lost because of the lack of signage (it’s a landlord issue, and something that Play to Par are trying to resolve). In the end we used the old fashioned method of working it out from the address and arrived after a brief diversion. There’s plenty of parking spots outside and around the unit, and it’s all free. Hoorah!

What to expect

Play to Par Golf Academy York

After a friendly welcome from business partners David and Craig, we were shown the shiny new practice bays where golfers – budding or pro – of any age can have a go at virtual games just for fun or to develop their skills. Our eldest, whose only experience of golf has been of the minigolf/pitch and putt variety, was lucky enough to have Craig, Play to Par’s resident expert golfer, give him a few tips on the basics. 

After a hesitant start, he was soon whacking the ball down the virtual course, blowing up buildings and avoiding sharks: who wouldn’t enjoy that? Playing through games made what could be a frustrating experience – nobody likes it when they don’t know what they’re doing – fun, and the statistics meant he could track how fast and far he was hitting it: ideal for seeing his progress. The technology is the same as that used by the pros, and the amazing putting facility in the member area is the same one that many footballers have in their homes! Impressive.

Play to Par Golf Academy York

There are three bays that you can book out for an hour at a time, so family members can play against each other or just practise together. While some family activities can be overstimulating and a bit of an assault on the senses, Play to Par had a calm atmosphere that was a welcome contrast to an otherwise busy day. 

Good to know

There’s no particular age restriction on who can play at Play to Par: everyone capable of holding a club is welcome to give it a go: children and adults, golfers and non-golfers. You can book a bay and play as a family, couple or group of friends, or book a coaching session with Craig. They’ll be running coaching sessions during the summer holidays, and there’s a Junior Academy too, so keep an eye out for more details. Coffee is available if you need a caffeine hit to improve your shot (or you’ve had a broken night’s sleep!).

Why we’d recommend it

Play to Par Golf Academy York

We know we’re not the only ones who like to try a new experience, especially if it’s on our doorstep, and there’s nothing like Play to Par in York. It’s a professional new facility, created from a love for the game and a genuine desire to encourage children to give it a go (adult golfers can go along and polish their skills too, of course). It’s great to have another option of something active to do as a family in York, and they’ll learn something new or improve their technique – bonus. As an indoor activity, it’s ideal for rainy days and at just £25 for an hour for four people, it feels pretty good value too. What’s more, they’ll even give you a 10% discount if you mention Little Vikings or show your Little Vikings Family Card!  

Play to Par – Essential details

Bookings need to be made in advance. 

Address – Play to Par Golf Academy, 22/23 Flexspace, York Business Park, Rose Avenue, York YO26 6RR

Email – bookings@playtopar.com

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