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New golfers take their first swings at Glendale Golf Festival

Company launches bid to get more people into the sport with hugely successful new initiative

GLENDALE GOLF has declared its Golf Festival a huge success after it welcomed over 700 newcomers to its facilities throughout August.

The company, which operates seven public golf centres across the UK, had given staff at each of its centres a clear goal: to devise and run a Golf Festival in August; banish the stereotypically stuffy image of golf; and attract at least 100 out-and-out first time golfers to their centre.


The result was an emphatic success, with Glendale Golf centres putting on live music events, craft fairs, children’s attractions and other family entertainment alongside the golf camps, free beginner lessons and family fun golf challenges which encouraged people to have their first go at golf.

Tilgate Forest in West Sussex were the star performers, creating over 200 new golfers, while 173 people hit a golf ball for the first time at Richmond Park in London.

In the north west, Duxbury Park in Chorley attracted 149 first-timers, whilst Nottingham’s Edwalton Golf Centre also managed well over 100 new golfers.

“It was a knockout success,” said Tom Brooke, managing director of Glendale Golf. “Seeing our golf centres brimming with new faces this summer put everybody on a high and our people did a superlative job in getting so many people to try golf for the first time.

“It proves that golf can still get people off their sofas and prise them away from their mobile phone screens if you make it fun enough. Across our golf centres, we provided hundreds of them with free outdoor entertainment for their children over the summer, and they embraced it. Now, we must follow up on this terrific start and work on persuading people to come back again and again, and to take their first steps on the main course.”

For more information on the courses under the Glendale Golf banner, visit glendalegolf.co.uk

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