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Golf NEWS from England and Wales ➤

In 1986, we began our Regional Golf Newspapers to bring you the best in local club news from England and Wales. Golf NOW continues to build on this tradition through our website. To discover the news from your region please click on the regions on the left. If you have hosted a charity day then please tell us about it. Maybe your club championships were last weekend, you have new facilities installed in your clubhouse or even that lifelong member Patrick scored his fifth hole-in-one this morning? Whatever your news, please send us your story to: clubnews@golf-now.co.uk

We look forward to spreading your word!

Heather is golf's latest female boss➤

The latest woman to take control of a golf club is Heather Tubb at Cams Hall Estate in Fareham, Hampshire.

In a traditionally male-dominated sport, the 49 year old Southampton-born Tubb has joined the rising number of female General Managers in UK golf – although she is still one of only a handful of women running a golf club in Hampshire.

Cams Hall Estate Golf Club is a 27-hole waterside venue surrounded by the north-western reaches of Portsmouth Harbour. Tubb is a familiar face among members at the picturesque club, having been part of the management team there since 2007. She brings over 22 years’ experience in golf and hotel management to the role, in a career which has taken her to a variety of venues including the popular Abbotsley Golf Hotel in Cambridgeshire, where she was Assistant Manager.

Alison Root, editor of UK golf magazine Women & Golf, said: “There is a growing number of females holding senior positions at golf clubs and why shouldn’t there be? All these ladies, including Heather, are clearly very good at their jobs. It’s taken a while, given that we are in the 21st century, but this is just another example of how barriers are continuing to be broken down and how the game is becoming more inclusive to women throughout the whole industry.”

No clubs? No probs! ➤

Life just got a lot simpler – and cheaper – for people who don’t have their own golf clubs.   The UK’s largest golf club operator Crown Golf has dropped Club Hire fees at its venues in a bid to attract as many newcomers as possible to the sport, and also to attract lapsed players back to golf.   The free club hire deal – available immediately – also includes three golf balls, a pitch mark repairer and some tees to get you started.
  And many Crown Golf venues will not insist that golfers have to wear traditional golf shoes, with trainers or smart sports shoes deemed acceptable.   A social media blitz using the Twitter hashtag #noclubsnoprobs started on August 3rd, and all participating Crown Golf clubs will be emailing their customers to spread the news.
  “It’s another barrier lowered” said Rob Climas, the group’s Director of Operations. “Making a profit from club hire isn’t why we or most other clubs are in business, and we realised that charging for club hire felt a bit outdated these days. If you’re beginning to experiment with golf, or perhaps you’ve let your old golf clubs go over the years, this is ideal for you. Across the group we have plenty of clubs to lend out, so we thought we would put them to use and save our customers some money”.
Local terms and conditions may apply as regards the footwear – golfers are asked to check this at the time of booking – and the free club hire is subject to availability. To access the free club hire deal, golfers are asked to put down a £20 refundable deposit before they play.   See www.crown-golf.co.uk for details of the 22 Crown Golf  clubs offering free club hire.

Mel chooses Huxley Golf ➤

Mel Reid has joined the ranks of top tournament golf pros who have turned to Huxley Golf to create a private practice area at home.  The Solheim Cup Star and five-time ladies tour title holder is riding high on the back of a very successful 2015 and has her sights set even higher in 2016.
To focus in on her short game, Huxley Golf installed an all-weather putting and chipping green at Mel’s home under the careful eye of Coach Kevin Craggs. Working with a relatively small area, the Huxley Golf team cleverly designed and installed a 180 sq. ft (17 sq. mtr) green that will enable Mel to practise ‘every putt in the book’.  With well positioned undulations, the three hole green offers the ability to make uphill, downhill, left to right, right to left and straightforward putts on the world-leading artificial surface.  Whilst the putting green itself was created using Huxley Golf Premier Putting Turf, the rest of the garden was covered with Huxley Golf Premier Leisure Turf 20 to facilitate chipping practice – and maximise every moment of available relaxation time for busy Mel! 
Commenting on her new Huxley Golf green, Mel said: “I’m keen to capitalise on my top ten finish in the Women’s British Open last year so I’m working really hard. With a full global schedule too, I need to take every opportunity I can to practise – and that’s just been made much easier now that I can practise at home whenever I wish. I’m really pleased with my new Huxley green – it doesn’t matter if time is short or the weather is bad as now I can still work on improving my short game.” 
Paul Chester, General Manager at Huxley Golf, commented: “We were delighted to be approached by Mel and her team.  Fundamental to this project was careful design – we worked in detail to create a challenging short game area in a small space to ensure that Mel gets maximum long term benefits from her investment. We all wish Mel continued success in the years ahead and look forward to seeing her lifting more trophies in the very near future.” News of Mel’s Huxley Golf practice green comes hot on the heels of Danny Willet’s announcement that he too installed a Huxley Golf putting green at home prior to his legendary win at the 2016 Masters Tournament.  Sir Nick Faldo MBE and Catriona Matthew MBE are also amongst those who have installed private practice areas. 
Huxley Golf provides premier all-weather surfaces for golf around the world. Clients include training and coaching establishments, golf resorts, ranges and academies as well as many well-known golf courses.  For more information about Huxley Golf premier all-weather golf surfaces, visit www.huxleygolf.com  or call 01962 733222.

Recognition for Ross ➤

The tireless efforts of Ross Jackson to encourage school children who are keen on golf to become golf club members has resulted in him receiving a prestigious national award.
Jackson, the PGA Professional at Ingleby Barwick Golf Academy, Cleveland, has won the Golf Foundation’s Bonallack Award for creating a project that has demonstrated a successful pathway from schools into club membership.


He was presented with the award during the Golf Foundation’s annual awards ceremony at Wentworth on the eve of the BMW PGA Championship. Jackson is at the heart of this scheme which works with the Golf Foundation, England Golf, Stockton SSP (school partnership), and Tees Valley Sport to grow his club’s junior membership.  The Golf Foundation is a national charity that aims to help young people enjoy the benefits the game offers and make it more accessible to them. Commenting on Jackson’s achievement, the Foundation’s chief executive, Brendon Pyle, said:

“Ross started it from scratch two years ago. Since then more than 3,000 children have had a taste of golf at school and 200 of them have been coached at his academy.  In addition, the academy hosted 54 junior competitions last year; a junior teeing system was devised; and juniors were given their own area of the club’s bistro to  ‘hang out, play games and have fun’.”

As a result the club’s junior membership has grown from 20 to 60 in two years and the aim is take that number into three figures by the end of the year.

 “A lot of hard work has gone into it,” said Jackson, who has been a PGA pro for five years. “This makes it worthwhile and enthuses me even more. When we started this there wasn’t much junior activity but we created a new vibe and really changed the dynamic of the club. This award is a real honour and I dedicate it to the young people we work with and everyone who has supported us.”

For more information visit >>www.inglebygolf.co.uk

The Shire is Number One inside M25 ➤

BARNET, NORTH LONDON, UK: The Shire London is celebrating its new status as London’s #1-ranked golf club, as voted for by the users of Golfshake.com.
 
With 169 reviewers giving the club an overall rating of 4.86 out of 5 – higher than any other golf club inside the orbital M25 motorway – The Shire London is confirmed as the capital city’s favourite place to play golf in 2016.
 
The club, which lies near the M25/A1 junction north of London, is also among the ten most-frequently reviewed golf clubs on the website, with more reviews than many world-renowned venues such as Turnberry, Gleneagles and Wentworth.
 
And among golf courses with 50 or more reviews on the website – regarded as the benchmark for statistical relevance – The Shire London is also rated the #1 most popular golf club in Hertfordshire, #8 in England, and #15 in the UK.
 
The club, which opened in summer 2007, features the UK’s only complete layout designed by Severiano Ballesteros.
 
“This rating is given by genuine, everyday golfers, who have paid their own money to come here, and as such we value it very highly” said the club’s owner Tony Menai-Davis. “We are tremendously proud to receive such a vote of confidence in the service which we provide – a service which we are constantly striving to improve.
 
“If he were still with us, I am sure that Seve would be overjoyed to know that the club is so loved by the golfers who come here.”
 
“Seve’s unique golf course is a big part of our appeal” said director Ceri Menai-Davis, “but I think we’re equally popular simply because of the culture at our club.
 
“It’s not rocket science. There aren’t many places in the UK with a golf course as spectacular as this, in this sort of condition, at these prices. Plus we have a relaxed dress code and none of the stuffiness with which you normally associate with high-quality golf – there are no reserved parking spaces here, for example.
 
“We all just love our golf here” he continued. “We make sure we deliver a memorable day at very competitive prices, and we realise that people don’t just review the golf course – they review the overall experience, which is where we score very highly. It reflects tremendous credit on all of our hard-working staff, from the kitchen out onto the golf course.”
 
One reason for the club’s popularity is its long-running Legends Summer Fourball deal, which is back for another year. It enables four visitors to play Seve’s course plus enjoy a breakfast and a post-golf meal for under £50 a head throughout the summer, on weekdays.
 
Standard green fees for the Ballesteros Masters Course are £55 Monday-Friday (£70 weekends), and the club also has a high-quality 9-hole Academy Course plus extensive gym, restaurant, meeting and banqueting facilities.
 
The Shire London welcomes visitors and golf days, but at the heart of the golf club is its strong and loyal membership. In February 2016 the club unveiled a new three-year membership product, as well as a new 5-Day membership deal.
For more information visit >> www.theshirelondon.com

No more slow play at Glendale ➤

Hate slow play, and want to do something about it?

Your feelings are shared by one of the UK’s largest golf groups, They’re getting proactive about pace of play, with a high-visibility, long-term programme now in place at all venues.

Glendale Golf – which operates seven public golf centres across the UK – has put three new initiatives into place with immediate effect, with its new ‘Get Ready Golf’ programme at the heart of the campaign.

Widespread signage featuring the ‘Get Ready Golf’ slogan is now being displayed at all Glendale Golf centres, giving customers six friendly tips on time-efficient golf. Posters, banners and notices are prominent in clubhouses and pro shops, at reception desks, and on all first tees.

The group is also emailing more than 50,000 golfers, encouraging them to spread the word and to take personal steps to respond to the request. The battle cry will also appear on all of its websites, plus across its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Simultaneously, Glendale Golf has modified its tee-time booking system to allow for more 9-hole slots on weekdays.

There’s also a brand-new Glendale Golf 9-Hole Summer League to play in at all venues. It requires no official handicap or membership, and offers newcomers an informally-competitive stepping stone into the sport – as well as something fun to play in for more regular golfers.

The overall Glendale Golf 9-Hole Summer League winner from each venue will win a year’s membership.

“People come to our golf centres to have fun, so I promise you we’re not getting too heavy-handed about this!” said Tom Brooke, Managing Director of Glendale Golf. “However, we’re making Get Ready Golf part of our culture. It’s a long-term commitment, and we want everyone to buy into it.

“Since we run public golf centres, part of our responsibility is to help introduce newcomers to the sport – that’s what keeps it alive. We also need to encourage existing golfers to play more often. In our annual survey last year, our customers told us loud and clear that slow play is both a barrier to entry for newcomers, and a reason for traditional golfers to play less frequently.

“And it’s not just visitors to Glendale Golf centres who hate slow play of course. The subject has frequently come in other recent national golf surveys, so we are taking firm action.

“People just have insufficient leisure time, these days, for five-hour rounds. We’d all prefer it if a round of golf took an hour less – so at Glendale Golf we are all now geared up to attack this target.”

Glendale Golf’s last participation drive – a summer 2015 festival designed to attract a minimum 100 complete newcomers to each of its venues – proved highly successful, with the 700-golfer target smashed within a month, and over 2,000 first-time visitors by the end of the campaign.

For more information visit >> www.glendalegolf.co.uk