A PGA qualified golf pro is celebrating the launch of North Oxfordshire’s only independent golf shop after securing a lease with Carter Jonas.
Golf pro, John Strode, has opened Yes Please Golf Direct in Churchill Road, Bicester having spent three weeks installing a new ceiling, new flooring, new internal walls and completely re-wiring the shop. The 33-year-old has invested £100,000 in the business which is situated close to Homebase, Halfords, Lidl and Pets at Home in the heart of Bicester’s commercial area.
The new shop stocks over 1,200 different lines and seven major brands in store; Callaway, Titleist, Ping, Cobra, Mizuno, Taylor Made and Odyssey. However John and his team of PGA and Hartpury Golf College qualified assistants will also use their expertise to offer indoor golf lessons to players looking to improve their technique. Using the Flightscope radar tracking system golfers will be able to view their shots on a video screen and receive expert advice on how to improve their stance, grip and swing. There is also an indoor Huxley putting green. All Yes Please Golf Direct’s products also available to buy on-line with John’s business model being to offer top quality golf clubs and accessories at internet prices.
Mr Strode said: “I chose the premises for the location. It's on the intersection with two of the busiest roads in Bicester - Churchill and Launton, so great visibility and prominence with great parking. The size of the property is just right, with good storage capabilities.”
Jon Silversides, senior associate at with letting agents Carter Jonas, said: “John looks to have picked an ideal spot to launch a new golf shop. “The property is in a well established, easily accessible retail area and he is bringing something new to North Oxfordshire.”