Over 2,200 people in Midlands county try golf for the first time thanks to successful initiative
THE drive to encourage more people in Staffordshire to give golf a go is reaping the benefits of the sport’s first National Golf Month.
More than 2,200 people took advantage of a range of great value activities at clubs across the county to attract beginners and returners to the game.
Activities included open days, free taster sessions, discounted coaching and membership deals.
Gareth Shaw, development officer for the Staffordshire County Golf Partnership, said: “National Golf Month provided a fantastic platform from which we continue to showcase the fact that Staffordshire has so much to offer beginners and returners to golf. Our golf clubs and driving ranges are passionate about encouraging people to get into golf.
“Golf can bring impressive health and well-being benefits and it’s the perfect sport for bringing people together.
“Due to the ongoing work in our golf facilities across Staffordshire, there has never been a better time to start.”
Clubs taking part included: Tamworth Golf Centre, Stafford Castle, Druids Heath, Wolstanton, Calderfields, John Letters Golf Academy, Stone, South Staffs, Keele Driving Range, Stone Driving Range, Leek, Westwood, Barlaston, Cannock Park, The Range, Great Barr, Lichfield Golf and Country Club, Trentham, Onneley, Three Hammers Golf Complex, Lakeside, Branston Golf and Country Club, Penn, Ingestre Park, and The Chase.
National Golf Month was a major campaign to offer beginners and 100,000 lapsed golfers opportunities to try the game, driven by the British Golf Industry Association (BGIA). It was supported by England Golf through the Get into golf campaign, which is run by the national network of County Golf Partnerships.
Get into golf is a campaign which aims to inspire more adults in England to take up the sport, with low-cost structured coaching with PGA professionals.
A total of 25 clubs offered 72 different activities during National Golf Month in Staffordshire, with 2,221 people taking part. More than 500 of those continued with follow-up coaching while 198 have taken up golf club membership.