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Oulton Hall appoints Ashton as Academy Manager
January 21, 2010

De Vere Oulton Hall has appointed Chris Ashton as the new Manager at its award-winning Nike Golf Academy. Ashton joins Oulton Hall with a wealth of experience in coaching and club fitting and will take on club fitting responsibilities at the Academy, which boasts a state-of-the-art 360˚ Fitting Suite and has recently been updated with the latest club fitting technologies.

Chris Ashton - Nike Golf Academy Manager at Oulton Hall

Since starting his training in 1999, 29 year old Ashton has gained club fitting experience throughout the UK, and showed precocious talent by picking up the ‘Foremost Assistant PGA Professional of the Year’ award in 2001. Since then he has been responsible for the club fitting of major brands in South East England, helping players of all abilities, from club golfers to fellow professionals, get the most out of their equipment. Ashton was part of a team named Club Fitting Centre of the year in 2008, before moving on to De Vere’s luxury resort in the North East at Slaley Hall.

"I’m really excited about working with the magnificent new facilities that Oulton Hall has to offer," said Ashton. "The golf academy has gained an outstanding reputation since opening in 2007 and I am excited about being involved in continuing to build that reputation. I am sure that golfers across Yorkshire will be able to benefit their games with the custom fitting technology we have here, and I’m looking forward to working with them."

Keith Pickard, Director of Golf at Oulton Hall, commented, "We are delighted to welcome Chris to join our team of PGA Professionals and I am sure he will make the most of the superb facilities at his disposal. I am sure many golfers across the region will benefit from his experience and knowledge of club fitting, and we look forward to continuing to develop that aspect of the academy."

The golf academy at Oulton Hall has twice been awarded top honours as the best practice facility in the UK by Young Masters golf, and boasts revolutionary facilities, including a fully floodlit 16 bay driving range with fully automated power tee systems, a the state of the art "Technology Room" with pioneering swing analysis software and biomechanics equipment, and the Nike Golf 360° Fitting System.

De Vere Oulton Hall is a superb mid-18th century mansion with lovingly restored interiors and breathtaking gardens, converted into Yorkshire's premier deluxe 4-star hotel, and offers 27 testing championship holes set in picturesque surroundings to challenge golfers of all abilities.

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