Chapel-en-le-Frith Golf Club in Derbyshire, Paultons Golf Centre in Hampshire and Stoke by Nayland Golf Club in Essex will all be attendance when the final result is announced at the English Golf Union’s (EGU) and English Women’s Golf Association’s (EWGA) County Development Conference on 23rd February.
This year the Award is being sponsored by Cobra Golf who will be presenting the top accolade plus prizes to the winning club during the evening’s ceremony.
EGU and EWGA Golf Development Manager, Richard Flint said, “We have been extremely impressed with the quality of clubs nominated for this year’s award. It is clear that everyone who was nominated has shown both dedication and creativity in the work they do in welcoming both juniors and beginners to the game and they are all great ambassadors for golf.”
The three clubs came through a tough judging procedure which saw them initially compete against nominations from each County Golf Partnership to then reach a shortlist of eight clubs that were finally assessed by a panel from the EGU, EWGA, PGA and Golf Foundation.
Ian Barrett, European Marketing Manager for Cobra Golf, added, “We are delighted to be able to play a part in recognizing both the hard work and successes of those clubs who go the extra mile in their development efforts. It is not going to be an easy decision on who will win GolfMark Club of the Year and we wish all the clubs the best of luck – they have done so well already to get this far.
Any affiliated golf club can apply to gain GolfMark accreditation. The initiative provides golf clubs with a focused and structured plan for future development as well as a comprehensive set of information that ensures continuity and effective monitoring and evaluation of their activities. Details of the initiative, the clubs awarded and the benefits of receiving the GolfMark Award can all be found at www.golfmark.org