The English Golf Union (EGU) and English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) are offering support and recognition to independent driving ranges through the RangeMark and EGU Golf Central initiative.
Independent driving ranges are a starting point for many newcomers to golf and their role is fundamental to golf development in England.
Golf ranges, who are not affiliated to the EGU, will be able to register with the EGU/EWGA and receive support through their Development and Club Services Teams, including help to progress through the RangeMark accreditation process, a listing on EGU Golf Central and access to an annual coaching grant.
The RangeMark accreditation scheme aims to identify and recognise quality ranges and is based on the GolfMark scheme for clubs. To become accreditied ranges must meet high standards in Participation, Environment and Child Protection & Duty of Care. Successful ranges will also be able to take advantage of EGU/EWGA opportunities to create links with local golf clubs and schools.
Richard Flint, EGU/EWGA Golf Development Manager commented, “This exciting new initiative gives driving ranges the opportunity to receive support and benefits from the EGU/EWGA, which in turn will improve vital links between these facilities and local golf clubs, increasing participation and membership.”
The RangeMark and EGU Golf Central initiative has been developed ‘by ranges for ranges’ and is based on ‘GolfMark’ the national scheme for golf clubs – www.golfmark.org
English Golf Union www.englishgolfunion.org
English Women’s Golf Association www.englishwomensgolf.org