Crown Golf is working closely with The English Golf Union (EGU) and the English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) to provide a huge incentive for non-golfers of all ages to take up the sport.
Crown Golf owns 29 golf clubs, 15 of which are match-funding a £600 grant per club that they have just received from the EGU and EWGA as a result of being ‘GolfMark’ accredited. The combined sum – an impressive £18,000 – translates to 360 free places on the Discover Golf programme.
A month of free coaching at any of the 15 teaching facilities is being offered on a first-come first-served basis. The courses include – Merrist Wood GC near Guildford, Eccleston Park GC in Prescott, Merseyside, Sherfield Oaks GC in Hook, Hampshire and Chelsfield Lakes GC in Orpington, as well as 11 others.
GolfMark status is awarded by the EGU and the EWGA in recognition of junior and beginner-friendly golf facilities. The three key areas within the golf club which are assessed are coaching and playing, the club environment, and child protection and duty of care.
Fifteen of Crown Golf’s clubs have been GolfMark accredited in the past year, bringing the total across the group to 23.
Richard Flint, Development Manager for the EGU and the EWGA said: ‘Crown Golf came to us and said it wanted to do something different and significant with the money we give them each year for having attained GolfMark status. We applaud the initiative and look forward to seeing more new people playing golf in more places in 2011’.
Rob Spurrier, Group Academy Manager at Crown Golf, said: “We are delighted that, with the help of the EGU and EWGA, we are able to help more people try out golf. We have a ground-breaking coaching programme, tailored to each individual’s needs, and we hope to be able to facilitate a significantly higher number of people taking up golf, and continuing to play, over the coming months and years.”
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