As a field hockey player for the British national team, I have 5 hockey training sessions and 2 gym sessions per week, as well as training twice a week with my club and playing in the Premier League at the weekend - a very full schedule. Castle Royle is perfect for my recovery routine, which involves getting into the pool, as well as using the gym for bike recovery and my mobility and core circuits. The Pulse Bar and quiet area are great for relaxing and I have thoroughly enjoyed being a member so far. I’m looking forward to trying a class in the near future.
Having joined Castle Royle in 2015 at 265lbs aged just 16, I was scared of going a lot of the time. When the new year came around I decided enough was enough and it was on 4th January 2016 that I began a fitness regime that would transform my life. I have lost 100lbs in a year and I am so thankful to Castle Royle for helping me to do this. Sometimes I was the first member in when you opened, and sometimes I’m the last to leave, but it just goes to show that with consistency and dedication an ambition can go a long way!
Initially I only used limited equipment in the gym. Over time, as I've gotten to know the gym staff and trainers better, I've been put through my paces on all of the equipment in there - now I'm one of the first wanting to try out any new kit when it arrives! I have friends in the club I sometimes train with, and the gym staff are always keen to share their latest programmes and activities, which keeps things fresh. After a workout I usually treat myself to a sauna and jacuzzi if I have time. With a combination of exercise and changes to my diet, I’ve lost 10kg in the last year and around 18kg in total from when I first joined all those years ago.
I joined the club in 2013 after having my daughter. The crèche is a great asset for those of us with a family. I enjoy the variety of classes: spin, studio classes and gym floor bootcamps too. The 30 minute high-intensity workouts on the gym floor work particularly well around my busy schedule. Since joining the club, I have improved my range of motion, weight management and energy levels and I have increased the variety of exercises that I take part in. Going forward, I would like continue to improve my overall fitness and achieve a new personal best for a half marathon.
In March I made a big decision to leave the golf club where I had been a long-term member, in search of something better. It was a real leap of faith as I didn't know anyone at Castle Royle, but knew its excellent reputation and was really impressed by the standard of the facilities and course condition when I visited. The course is challenging but fair, and by taking advantage of the excellent coaching and practice facilities my game has improved radically since joining. Most importantly I have found the members to be really inclusive and welcoming and have met and played with dozens of diverse characters. It's always easy to arrange a game. I’ve joined a number of teams and have been really proud to represent the club. The club is very well managed with excellent and dedicated staff and committee members. It’s been a very rewarding move.
I joined Castle Royle in August and have found both the golf club and gym very welcoming. The ease of booking competitions, tee times and classes is great and very flexible. The Pro Shop always have time to answer questions and explain anything that is not clear. The Ladies Section have been fantastic at integrating me into competitions, whether they are fun or monthly medals. With so many active ladies playing both weekdays and weekends it makes playing plenty of golf easy and enjoyable. I'm looking forward to playing in more friendly matches and competitions this year.
I joined Castle Royle over five years ago. I had been visiting the club for several years for coaching with Head Professional Rob Watts, and I was always very impressed with the quality of practice facilities. I quickly took to the golf course which is always in fantastic condition and a great challenge to an aspiring young golfer - long with its fair share of bunkers and water hazards. The membership have been extremely supportive, particularly since I have become a full time golfer, and the Ladies section is fantastic. I feel very involved and I enjoy spending time in the clubhouse with Members - there is certainly never a dull moment! Most importantly Castle Royle continues to allow me to develop my skills as a player and ultimately help me to achieve my dream of becoming a professional.
Both myself and Craig became members at Castle Royle in February 2016 after a tour of the facilities and nine holes of golf. We were very impressed with what we saw and had no hesitation in joining! With the gym, pool and health club facilities included, it’s well worth the monthly subscription. We have completed nearly two years now and have enjoyed ourselves immensely. We have been made very welcome by everybody and there are some great characters at the club. The staff are always helpful, particularly the Pro Shop team, and Aston Goulding has been brilliant in helping with my golf game (although there is still a long way to go before I will be any good!). Thanks to all the team at Castle Royle and both myself and Craig are looking forward to many more years at the club.
I lost an astounding 5 stone in 6 months through a lot of hard work on the cardio equipment. I love the staff - they are always willing to help and have a laugh which is important! I now enjoy using a good mix of gym equipment, especially the weights and resistance kit.
A few years ago, aged 44, I had a stroke. It came totally out of the blue and was a huge shock to me and my family. I was fairly fit and had a good job that I really enjoyed, then within minutes my life changed. Every stroke is different and I feel relatively fortunate that, physically, mine has affected only my right forearm and hand. The downside is that my stroke caused aphasia, which affects my ability to express myself. Everything I want to say is in my head, I just can't always get the words out! I also have dyspraxia which makes many simple tasks difficult - like following instructions. My wife has to leave me lots of lists and has the patience of a saint! I was Vice Captain of the golf club when I had my stroke and after careful consideration I decided to continue in the role with the support of fellow golf member Nick Taylor. When I became Captain it was an obvious choice to have Nick as my Vice Captain. With his continued support, together with support from Paul Masters, the committee and the Castle Royle staff, I did my year as Captain. I may not have been the best speech maker but I was very good at handing out trophies whilst Nick did all the talking! It was hard at times (as I am sure it was for those helping me!) but I am not a quitter! The feedback and support from members was immense and I think it made people realise you can overcome even the biggest of challenges. My recovery has been greatly aided though my activities here at Castle Royle - from the early days of playing golf when I struggled even to hold my clubs (I used to play off 12 but now play off 28), swimming, aqua aerobics (once!), body balance and plenty more. It has been a long process but through determination and encouragement from members and staff I now have a programme in the gym to build up my strength and can swim 40 lengths in the pool. When I look back over the last 2.5 years I know I have come a long way. I now mentor other stroke victims and it inspires me to continue working on my recovery. I know that my progress would not have been as good without the focus and social aspect that Castle Royle gave me. On days when I felt low I would force myself to go to the club even it was just for a quick swim, coffee in the bar or to swing a club on the range. It is not just the activities that I have taken part in that have helped but also the support of the staff and many of the members that made a difference.
Due to studying abroad and constantly travelling as a touring golf professional, there are very few places I feel completely at home. Castle Royle is one of those few places. I've been affiliated with the club for 6 years and couldn't imagine being attached anywhere else. The friendships, the memories and the warm feeling I get when I walk under the walkway up to the putting green is irreplaceable. In 2009, my life changed when I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Everything in my life had to be put on hold, but one thing stayed constant: the love and support from my family and friends, many of whom are members at Castle Royle. After 6 months of intense surgery, muscle wastage and chemotherapy I made a full recovery and am happy to report that since February 2010 I am in remission and as healthy as ever. Castle Royle kindly let me use the gym facilities to rebuild my strength and get back to doing what I love to do best - play golf! Since 2010 I have put the past behind me and never looked back, making big steps each year in my progression. After ending my amateur career on a high note by winning the 2013 BB&O Order of Merit with the Castle Royle Masters finally under my belt, I turned professional in September 2013. I obtained my full playing rights on The Alps Tour in December and throughout 2014 have been playing all over Europe gaining experience. My breakthrough came in September 2014 where secured my first major professional win, a 4 round tournament called The Citadelle Trophy International, Luxembourg. I overcame a 6 shot deficit after shooting 64 (-8) in the final round to get into a 3 way playoff. Thankfully I holed a 10ft birdie putt on the first extra hole and took the trophy! It was an amazingly emotional experience for me and one I wish all my friends at Castle Royle could have been there to share. It's amazing to think how far I have come, from lying in a hospital bed not knowing if I'd ever have the chance to play golf again, to holding a 4ft trophy in my hands! Castle Royle and its members played a huge part in motivating me to keep going and never giving up. They have been so supportive and it's an amazing place, one I'm happy to call my second home.