The UK Golf Federation is pleased to welcome Ian Young as a new board member. Ian will join the Board on 1st September as Tom Brooke leaves the board for his new position as CEO of the GCMA.
Ian is very experienced in the world of golf. Having been a PGA tour player for many years in the 80s playing the European and other Tours, then moving into the driving range business in 1997.Now as a proprietary operator he runs two of the finest driving range complexes in Scotland – Braid Hills Complex in Edinburgh and Play Sport Golf in East Kilbride.
Ian commented “I have over 20 years’ experience in running my own driving ranges and look to use this to the benefit of all UK Golf Federation members – ranges are usually the starting point in a golfers journey and fit perfectly with our vision of growing golf through our members open access to try and play”
Ian’s ranges use top quality golf balls, the best mats and aims to make practicing a pleasure! Braid Hills with 42 floodlit bays, a 9 hole course, short game area and 3 USPGA standardputting greens you get opportunity to learn and fine tune your golf with coaching available from 6 PGA golf coaches all using state of the art teaching technology.
“It’s great news for my board to have another member from the driving range sector of the golf industry,” CEO Doug Poole commented. “The exceptional growth in our membership across the UK & Ireland this year has shown the value of our support to golf facility operators – with Ian joining our board we now have a stronger understanding of the market in Scotland
“Over the last few months, the UK Golf Federation has seen amazing growth in its membership. Now with over 800 members it is truly national and represents and supports the commercial interests of its members’ golf courses and driving ranges across the UK & Ireland.”
More information on membership is available on the UK Golf Federation website www.ukgolffederation.com where savings of £1,000 on services can be found (T&C’s apply) and it is quick and easy for new members to join.
The UKGF is a not-for-profit organisation which takes a key role in providing leadership in discussions with Government and golf’s governing bodies on all matters that impact commercially minded golf facilities. The Federation has a programme of benefits and opportunities for its members to enable them to understand and develop their business. Its mission is to ‘grow golf participation through open access golf facilities and grow the bottom line’.