Ahead of the pack

Pictured is Andy Carnall,Sheffield International Venues,Golf Manager, at Tinsey Park Golf Course,High Hazels Park,Darnall,one of his picks in the 'My Favourite Places' feature.
Pictured is Andy Carnall,Sheffield International Venues,Golf Manager, at Tinsey Park Golf Course,High Hazels Park,Darnall,one of his picks in the 'My Favourite Places' feature.

Former professional golfer Andy Carnall is golf manager at Sheffield International Venues.

Sheffield International Venues operates four golf courses in Sheffield and Chesterfield – Tapton Park, Beauchief, Birley Wood and Tinsley Park. They offer four 18-hole golf courses, a nine-hole course, a pitch and putt course and have professionals at each course to provide coaching for all ages and abilities. SIV has launched a campaign, Fitness Drive, to help people get fit by playing golf. In his professional career, Andy was twice County Professional Stroke Play Champion, won the Derbyshire Matchplay Championship and reached the final qualifying stages for the British Open four times. He is also a member of the Derbyshire PGA Committee and the County Golf Partnership Steering group, which supports golf development and helps drive participation in the sport. Andy lives in Barlborough village with his wife, Fran, and son, Joseph.

Tinsley Park Golf Course

I know I shouldn’t have a favourite golf course out of the four that I manage, but if I was to choose one it would be Tinsley Park as it’s the most challenging. The 18-hole, par 70 course measures 5,746 yards and offers a challenge for golfers at all levels, with length, accuracy, judgement of distance and concentration all needed.

It is set in ancient woodland so the whole course is tree-lined, which also adds another element of difficulty. If you want to relax before or after your round, you can enjoy a drink or a bite to eat in the historic clubhouse and there is also a pro shop if you need to stock up on gear.

Rother Valley Country Park

Fitness is important for golfers, so to keep fit I like going running. It not only builds stamina but it’s a great way to keep your weight in check as well! I also find it helps me to unwind and blow the cobwebs away after a long day at work.

Rother Valley Country Park is a fantastic place to run as you can pick up part of the Trans Pennine Trail, which makes its way through the park before terminating at Chesterfield.

I took part in the Sheffield Half Marathon earlier this year and I did a lot of my training at Rother Valley Country Park. It also offers lots of other activities for people of all ages and abilities, from cycling and walking to watersports and miniature trains, so it’s a really good day out for the family.

Mangla Indian Restaurant

Mangla Indian Restaurant in Spital Hill has, in my opinion, the best curry in Sheffield. Because of its location, many people don’t even know it’s there, but if it was in the city centre you’d probably always have to book in advance to get a table because the food is amazing.

The restaurant is unlicensed so you have to bring your own alcoholic drinks but it means your bill is always cheaper at the end of the night. I normally order my ‘usual’ of chicken bhuna with extra tomatoes, extra patties and a traditional Indian drink, mango lassi. The food is great value for money and the friendly atmosphere means you always feel welcome.

English Institute of Sport

We are really lucky to have a vast array of world-class sporting facilities in Sheffield, many of which are run by SIV. EIS Sheffield in Coleridge Road, Attercliffe, is one of them. Alongside running to keep fit, I use the Fitness Unlimited gym there, which has something for everyone.

Whether you want to build your muscle strength, do cardio exercise to improve overall fitness, take part in group fitness classes including boxing and boot camp-style military workouts, there is something for everyone. Some of the world’s top athletes, including Jessica Ennis, train there, so it’s great to know that you are using the same facilities that helped them get to the top.

Direction Clothing

Direction is a men’s clothes shop in Chesterfield Road, Woodseats. It sells a range of designer brands including Paul Smith and Ted Baker and you can often pick up some great items there – anything from casual clothes to suits. Sheffield and its malls are good as they have all the major stores but I’m all for championing the independent local retailer.

Endcliffe Park

THIS is a fantastic place to take the kids, particularly during the summer holidays and when the sun is shining. There are loads of activities to keep them occupied, including a play area, which was refurbished a few years ago, and a shallow stream, which is great for them to paddle in.

Although Sheffield is one of the largest cities in the country, it is one of the greenest and we are fortunate that parks like this are right on our doorstep. It’s good to just get away from the stresses and strains of city life in peaceful surroundings.

Elm Tree Inn

The Elm Tree Inn is the epitome of a country pub with a warm and friendly welcoming atmosphere.

In the Derbyshire village of Elmton, between Bolsover Castle and Creswell Crags, it serves traditional British food but with a modern twist – the Derbyshire steak burger and meat and potato pie are my favourites.

The chefs use local suppliers for all their produce and all the food is cooked fresh daily. They make pretty much everything from scratch on the premises – from bread, pasta and sauces to pastry, sorbets and desserts.

They change the menu to account for what is available from the local retailers, so if you go frequently there is always something new to choose from. The grounds of the pub are great for families as well – it is located in lovely gardens where the kids can run around whilst you enjoy a nice pint of real ale!