Up to 100 free junior memberships are set to be handed out to help get more kids into golf
LYDD Golf Club in Kent is to hand out 100 free junior memberships in a bid to encourage local children to take up sport and keep fit and healthy.
The annual junior memberships, available to children up to the age of 16, are worth £75 each.
Explaining the move, the club’s head professional, John Denham, said that it was intended to get more youngsters into golf and to challenge the perception of the sport as ‘an old man’s game’.
“If kids are given the chance to play golf, they will usually enjoy it and will even discover that it’s a ‘cool’ sport,” he said.
“Our other motive is to help youngsters stay fit and active. A lot has been written about childhood obesity and if we can do our bit to get kids to put down their computer games and get out in the fresh air to hit a ball around a golf course then we’re happy with that.
“Golf is not only great exercise but it develops your concentration and self-discipline, helps you to make new friends and improves your life and social skills.
“After all, if you are walking around a golf course with a group of people for a couple of hours, you are bound to strike up some very good relationships.”
Denham is planning to lay on clinics to teach basic skills to new members, who can make use of the club’s floodlit driving range and par-3 pitch and putt course, with a view to building up to play the 18-hole championship course.
John already runs a successful junior clinic on Saturday mornings from 10am to 11am and has invited all new potential junior members to come along to see what he’s already doing. Children are welcome to join in, which will only cost £5 and includes instruction, unlimited balls and equipment if required.
Lydd Golf Club, which is located in close proximity to London Ashford Airport, is home to the PGA in Kent Closed Championship, an event tailored for Kent’s elite amateurs and PGA professionals and organised by the PGA in Kent and Kent Golf Union (KGU).
The 100 free junior memberships are available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. For more information, call 01797 320808 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.