Matthew could see the potential appetite for a driving range in the area and after speaking to Paddy McDonagh of Omagh Golf Club, Matthew was encouraged to continue his idea.
The family farm is ideally located just 1 mile from Omagh town center and less than 1 mile from the golf club. The farm had five acres of deep, wet land that was unsuitable for growing crops, and Matthew knew that by creating a driving range, they could make better use of the land.
The ground needed some attention, however, and thanks to the support of family and friends, Matthew and Nuala were able to redesign the site and create perfect conditions for a driving range. It is 250 meters long and was sown with amenity grass in May 2020.
The driving range
With the busy family business, other work commitments, lawn maintenance and ball picking up, there isn’t much time to man the driving range, which is open from early morning until late in the day, seven days a week. For this reason, the Robinsons have invested in a fully automated system in which a machine enables access to and releases a special range of golf balls against payment. With 20,000 balls ready to go, they hope there’s enough for everyone!
After meeting their architect for the first time in March 2017, it’s been a long journey that wasn’t without delays, but Matthew and Nuala are looking forward to opening in August 2021 and can’t wait to welcome people of all golfing abilities from near and far far. The couple have more plans in the pipeline for the Blackfort Driving Range once it’s operational, so be sure to check out this place!
Mid-Tyrone Group Chairman Ian Clyde wishes Matthew and Nuala all the best in their new project and encourages members and locals to support them.