GolfMark Club of the Year shortlist unveiled

Trio of beginner and junior-friendly facilities nominated for major award

Three golf clubs, each with a wonderful record of encouraging juniors and beginners, have been shortlisted for the prestigious 2014 GolfMark Club of the Year award, supported by Cobra Puma Golf.

They are: Cookridge Hall Golf Club (Yorkshire), Norwood Park Golf Club, (Nottinghamshire), and Strawberry Hill Golf Club (Middlesex).

The winner of the GolfMark Club of the Year will be presented with a trophy and a prize from COBRA PUMA GOLF at an awards dinner in April.

GolfMark is an England Golf initiative, which recognises junior and beginner-friendly clubs. It was introduced in 2006 and Ruddington Grange in Nottinghamshire recently became the country’s 700th GolfMark club.

This award, now in its sixth year, recognises GolfMarkclubs which have shown an outstanding and innovative contribution to developing the game through a range of activities.

The three finalists were among 17 nominated clubs, all of a high standard, and were selected by a judging panel from the England Golf Partnership.

The other clubs nominated were: Billingham, Durham; Boughton, Kent; Blue Mountain, Berkshire; Carus Green, Cumbria; Cuckfield, Sussex; Dereham, Norfolk; Ealing, Middlesex; Launceston, Cornwall; Mullion, Cornwall; New Mills, Derbyshire; Shirland, Derbyshire; St Austell, Cornwall; The Oaks, Cheshire; Weymouth, Dorset.

Garon Park, in Essex, was the 2013 winner of the Golfmark Club of the Year award, following Bawburgh, in Norfolk, in 2012.

Meanwhile, a number of English golf clubs are celebrating after achieving the GolfMark accreditation over the past few months. They include Hartford (Cheshire), Oundle (Northants), Dukinfield (Cheshire), Ladbrook Park (Warwickshire), and Ely (Cambridgeshire).

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