The Spectacle Factory Golf Event 2017 @ Ashton & Lea

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Our first ever golf event was held on Sunday 15th October 2017, and I’m proud to say it was a huge success. The concept of the day was to reward some of our loyal golfing customers, by giving them the opportunity to meet like minded people and enjoy a free round of golf around one of Lancashire’s most scenic courses.

Photography by Steve Wright

The day started with a complimentary breakfast, where everyone was introduced to one another, before the group was arranged into teams of 3.

It was great having Ruth there to help with everything, particularly arranging the tee times. I’m pretty sure she could have a career in events management!

The guests all tee’d off at their allocated times and embarked on their rounds:

Ashton & Lea is a really stunning course (one of the main reasons we chose to become their main sponsors):

The greens are also immaculately kept:

And there was some good putting on display too:

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The ladies all had fun:

And so did the guys!

We ran a ‘nearest to the pin’ competition on the par-3 11th, and the winner was Gareth Marks (pictured below). Congratulations to him! He won a pair of Reykjavik Eyes sunglasses with Kodak prescription lenses worth roughly £800!

The 11th turned out to be a particularly challenging hole, as only 3 players actually hit the green at all! The other 2 players who hit the green were Brian Turner and John Williams. I had the job of measuring, and Gareth won with a distance of 23’.

Me and Ruth tweeted updates throughout the event:



The sponsorship of Ashton & Lea came about because we specialise in golf eyewear designed to give you the best vision possible for the sport. Specialised golf glasses enhance your vision in any weather and are available with and without a prescription.

The image below shows the difference they can make:

Here you can see Mark Porter (left), who has ordinary glasses with transitions which adjust to the weather conditions, Steven Barton, who wore Nike Golf glasses with no prescription, and John Williams who has fully tailor made Nike Golf glasses to his prescription:

After everyone got back to the clubhouse, we all had drinks and snacks, and every attendee was treated to a goody-bag, prepared by Amanda and Ian:

Everyone seemed to have a fantastic time and it was lovely to receive messages from clients afterwards telling us how much they enjoyed the event. We’ll be hosting a second one in March 2018, the guest-list for which is almost full already.

If you want to try a set of the Nike Golf glasses, they are
available for a free trial in the Pro Shop at Ashton & Lea

The overall winner of the event was Geoff Henckel
(pictured middle right (with the awesome glasses))

Congratulations to him!


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The Spectacle Factory is rated 5 out of 5.0 stars based on 15 review(s).


Well they you pay for what you get. It’s definitely true of The Spectacle Factory. There customer service is the best I have experienced anywhere. I was not rushed with any decision and I was made to feel like I was there most important customer. What I paid was an eye watering amount but I got smartlife ziess lenses and frames that are very comfortable. I now also have very clear vision when reading. I thought it was not clear due to lighting in modern offices and homes. Wrong it was bad lenses and persecution not being quite right. Thank you for sorting it all out at the first attempt.

- Heath Christy


ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT I have been using the Spectacle Factory for a long time, but the latest visit was the best BY FAR..... I desperately needed an eye test, and was fitted in quickly. James, the optician, was excellent , as usual. 4 members of staff were outstanding in the service I received. Robert, Ben and Emma were absolutely perfect.....and Ruth, the manager was excellent, as she always is. The best visit by far...I cannot rate this place higher !!!

- K Rhys


Welcomed by and dealt with Robert during the whole process of choosing through to final fitting. Great service, great range of glasses, really helpful and informative. I would highly recommend

- Jenny T


After reading all the positive reviews I decided that a 40 minute drive would be worth it to try and get a new prescription and frames- I wear my glasses all day so need to get this right. I was so impressed with everyone’s desire to be helpful and make sure I was happy at every part of my visit. I wasn’t the quickest at choosing new frames but never felt rushed by Robert. He listened and gave helpful advice as we worked through choosing the frames and lenses I needed. They have a huge range of frames which meant I ended up with a pair I was really happy with. I actually chose a pair of prescription sunglasses as well, which I have been meaning to do for years. I loved the combination of cutting edge technology and personalised service. It’s so nice to see a team that places such a priority on customer satisfaction - they certainly deserve 5 stars.

- S McReynolds


Fantastic service! I attended the spectacle factory over a year ago for an eye test. They were amazing, and so patient with me! My Polaroid frame broke recently, so in desperate need called the spectacle factory to order a replacement frame. They were so efficient and helpful. Also my frames were covered under warranty and I didn’t have to pay a penny. AMAZING. Couldn’t recommend them anymore!

- Rebecca F


Friendly service, thanks to Robert who took the time and care to ensure that I was happy with my new glasses. I would definitely recommend.

- Paul Wellman


Visited the Spectacle Factory a couple of weeks ago for the first time. James did my eye test and was very thorough and informative. Chose a pair of glasses afterwards with the help of another member of staff. Great customer service. I have always gone to high street opticians before and never sure what glasses suit me. I was allowed to take my time and offered helpful advice. Love my new glasses which I picked up with the week. I will be returning to the Spectacle factory in the future. Far superior in terms of quality and customer service compared to other opticians I have been too.

- J B


My wife and I both have great glasses (and sunglasses) from The Spectacle Factory. Right from our very first visit we have been very impressed with the highest level of care and attention to detail, both with eye tests and the choice of lenses and frames. They seem to have a flair for helping you to choose the right glasses. Once your order is ready, nothing is too much trouble to ensure that the fit and the suitability of your glasses is perfect for your needs and that you are completely happy. Their ongoing service is second to none. We can highly recommend The Spectacle Factory..

- Geoff Gosling


Came in today for help with some frames, repaired no questions asked, there and then on the spot Brilliant service

- Alex


All the staff are so helpful and switched on to all your requirements I would recommend them all day what a good experience

- Roy gardiner


The Spectacle Factory offer me the kind of customer service and ability to customise my choice of spectacles that just is simply not available on the High Street. From Initial contact, to delivery of the finished product, you are treated like a loyal friend. Nothing is too much trouble. Unbiased advise, on choosing the correct spectacles for your particular application. A vast range of frames from the very cheapest to the latest designer frames. I choose the Spectacle Factory, because they can provide me with, customised glasses, to align with my particular needs and requirements. Most high street opticians have a 'one size fits all' attitude. The Spectacle Factory does not subscribe to this theory and treats every client as an individual. Their eye sight is very comprehensive and is 50% longer than the industry standard. If you value your eyesight, and want the very best care, this is the place to visit.

- Paul van de Rooy


Rob and the team were excellent help with the professionalism and advise . I will become a faithful member of the spectacle factory!! Thanks again team

- Dan Amin



- James


Excellent advice with a fantastic product range,

- Thomas Sayer


Highly recommend The Spectacle Factory - excellent service will definitely be using again.

- Hattie

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