MORE than 1,300 people took the opportunity to get into golf during the summer in Warwickshire.
A wide range of activities in clubs across the county are making it easier than ever for would-be golfers to give the sport a try.
The schemes are run under the umbrella of the Warwickshire County Golf Partnership, which brings together the county union,
ladies association and PGA professionals.
They form part of a nationwide Get into golf campaign with clubs also offering a pathway into future membership for those getting
County development officer Julia Burton and the area’s PGA professionals have been busy supporting the Golf Foundation in
its work to build links with primary and secondary schools, taking the campaign right through to further education at universities and colleges, while also providing opportunities for older adults to give golf a go.
Their efforts have been supported by clubs throughout Warwickshire, who have staged open days and taster sessions, and also backed Midlands Golf Week with events like golf roadshows in shops or at garden centres.
Special golf taster events have also been arranged for local businesses - with a pilot scheme in Solihull being extended to Warwick this winter - as well as groups like the Women’s Institute, women teachers and Coventry Finham brownies and rainbows. The CGP has also organised disability golf sessions.
The benefit to the clubs can be seen in the fact that the county bucks national trends, with more men joining clubs than
12 months ago while women membership has remained stable.
Julia Burton said: “A lot of hard work has gone on across Warwickshire to spread the message about how easy it is to get into golf and the social and health benefits that the sport brings.
Sharon Heeley, regional development officer for England Golf, added: “It is great to see Warwickshire enjoying the results
it deserves for its innovative approach to opening up the sport to people of all ages and abilities.”