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Golf clubs in Northumberland are backing England Golf’s drive to get more women beginners playing – helped by laughter, fizz and a novel twist to scoring.

They are joining the confidence-building campaign this season and will be offering a series of fun playing days for new golfers, starting in May.

The six clubs involved are:

  • Close House Golf Club, 30 May at 12 noon
  • Morpeth Golf Club, 18 June at 5.30pm
  • Alnmouth Golf Club, 28 June at 5.45pm
  • Tynemouth Golf Club, 19 July at 5.30m
  • City of Newcastle Golf Club, 14 August at 5.30pm
  • Matfen Hall Golf Club, 29 September at 1.30pm

 To book a place in one of the events, visit www.getintogolf.org and search for one of the clubs above. The events are listed under the ‘Improver’ tab.

The playing days are for women who have taken Get into Golf coaching sessions and want support to try their new skills on the course. They are designed to help the players build confidence, make friends – and have a laugh together.

The events are played on short courses or nine-hole layouts suitable for beginners. They all have shotgun starts, so the players start and finish together and can socialise after play over a glass of fizz or juice.

Scoring avoids counting the strokes. Instead, the players complete challenges, which involve playing skills and etiquette such as successfully hitting the green in one, raking the bunker correctly and shaking hands on the final green when they complete their game. More experienced golfers are also on hand to help.

Phil Graham, England Golf’s Club Support Officer in Northumberland, believes the events are an ideal step for those looking to progress from beginner coaching.

“It’s great that we have clubs offering this next step to women who are looking to get onto the course. The events are a fun, social way to build confidence. There’s no pressure and everyone is in the same boat!”

Northumberland is one of eight counties across the country which are running the Women on Par scheme. It’s an initiative from England Golf, which is committed to growing the women and girls’ game. Currently only 15 per cent of club members are women and just one per cent are girls.

The other counties are Devon, Hampshire, Suffolk, Worcestershire, Hertfordshire, Cheshire and Durham.

The scheme has had the thumbs-up from players who’ve already tried it. Here’s what some of them have to say:

  •  “It was great to have the opportunity to get out on a golf course with other beginners and someone who can advise and instruct you, whilst making sure that you were having fun and not losing confidence – Karen, Cheshire
  •  “It has helped to build my confidence” – Catherine, Northumberland
  •  “Prosecco makes a bad round good!” – Jo, Hertfordshire
  •  “I’m really enjoying my new hobby” – Julia, Northumberland
  • “It’s enjoyable even if you are not playing well” – Trish, Hertfordshire
  •  “Great to play with a group of ladies from other clubs with similar ability and knowledge” – Jo, Hertfordshire
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