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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:
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: