Britain’s No 1 women’s golf magazine, ‘Women & Golf’, made its own news this week with a bumper issue celebrating its 25th birthday. And the timing could not be more appropriate as the governing bodies see women as the future of the game while one of the most famous clubs in the land has pulled up the drawbridge!
Women & Golf, acknowledged as the voice of the game, deals with all these opportunities and issues under its strapline “Love the Game, Live the Life” and with columnists like Naga Munchetty, Lewine Mair and Philippa Kennedy no punches are pulled.
But it is a brilliant 32 page anniversary supplement which brings the joy of the game to life, charting the progress of the magazine since its launch in 1991 – cover girl who other than Laura Davies – and mirrors the changes in the game itself during that period.
Editor Alison Root says: “Who would have thought in 1991 that 25 years later we would be teeing up with a large headed driver, holding a distance measuring device and wearing figure-hugging Lycra!”
Who would have thought that Laura, now Dame, would still be at the top! The biggest changes of all are perhaps in fashion and fitness so while Dame Laura says it as it is, Lady Angela Bonallack describes times when trousers were forbidden and she had to make her own outfits!
Founder Jane Carter acknowledges there is still much work to be done at grass roots level to encourage women and girls but says: “Since taking up the game at the age of 12, golf has provided many hours of enjoyment, some frustrations but importantly some abiding friendships.”
Women & Golf www.womenandgolf.com