Dartford MP visits ‘hidden gem’ golf course taken over by pro who has returned to his roots

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MP Gareth Johnson visited a golf course in Dartford this month which has been taken over by a Dartford-born golf professional.

Paul Page, who cites beating Tiger Woods as one of his major feats, has returned to his roots to open a community golf course accessible to everyone.

The Paul Page Golf Academy at Princes Park which is a family-run business, by Paul and his wife Sarah, is set in a picturesque part of Dartford.  It offers golf membership and lessons for all ages and with access to the latest technology and the use of a specialised simulator means people can learn and practice in all weathers.

Mr Johnson said: “This family-run golf course is a hidden gem in the heart of Dartford. It offers the community the chance to enjoy the outdoors in the centre of the town. It is fantastic that one of our town’s successful sportsmen has returned to his roots to open a facility right in the heart of the community. I am sure many people won’t even know about this place which is an ideal location to learn and play golf. It is a real asset to Dartford.”

Mr Page, who beat Tiger Woods in the 1993 US Amateur Championship, turned pro the following year and spent many years on the professional golf tour. After gaining his PGA Qualifications he has spent many years coaching players.

This year he took over the nine-hole, par-3 course at Princes Park and is working to build a family business, making golf accessible to all.

He said: “I have been lucky to travel the world playing golf, but it is really nice to do something at home.”

The golf course is open until dark seven days a week, it has an indoor simulator with lessons available in the evening.

Mr Page, who is also teaching in local schools, added: “This business has long days, but not a long commute!”