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Macdonald Hotels tees up free tuition for female golfers

12.49pm 4th July 2019 - Growing the Game - This story was updated on Friday, July 5th, 2019

To mark its partnership with the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Ladies Open, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts is offering complimentary lessons to females at five of its UK golf hotels.

Women of all ages and abilities will have access to the very best coaching from the group’s qualified PGA Professionals as part of the ‘Get into Golf’ campaign. Women represent just 15% of golfers in the UK, and the initiative was created to encourage participation in the sport at a grassroots level.

Emma Goddard with players

Golf Operations Manager and former European Tour professional Emma Goddard launched the campaign at the Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa where she was joined by the first group of participants.

She said: “Golf is an incredibly rewarding sport which helps keep you active and teaches valuable lessons that can be applied on and off the course. Traditionally, there have been a lot of barriers for women interested in taking up golf.  Today women represent just 15% of golfers in the UK, which, when compared to sports like cycling or tennis, is incredibly low. Indeed, when you look at other European countries, which record figures as a high as 38%, it’s clear we are falling behind. But with a number of recent high-profile successes, including Georgia Hall’s victory in the 2018 Women’s British Open, appetite is growing. By giving young girls and women a taster we hope to inspire the next generation of female golfers. I fell in love with golf the first time I stepped out on the course, and now I want to help other young girls experience the magic of the game.”

Bolstering its commitment to women’s golf, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has partnered with the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Ladies Open. The tournament will take place between 8 -11 August at The Renaissance Club, near the group’s Macdonald Marine Hotel.

Keith Pickard, Group Director of Golf and Leisure at Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, said: “We are delighted to be a part of the upcoming Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Ladies Open. It is shaping up to be an exciting tournament which will help encourage participation and involvement in golf throughout the UK.”

Complimentary lessons for budding female golfers will be available at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa in Cheshire; Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel Golf & Spa in Shropshire; Macdonald Cardrona Hotel Golf & Spa in Peebles; Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club in Northumberland, and Macdonald Spey Valley Resort in Aviemore.

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