Mum’s the word when it comes to golf

Golf Lesson Alderley MITK_0489

A GROUP of women from the North West Mums in the Know network enjoyed a free taster event at Alderley Edge as part of England Golf’s campaign to encourage more females to take up the game.

The Cheshire club rolled out the welcome mat for the newcomers from the Wilmslow, Alderley Edge and Knutsford MIK networks.

As with most of the others taking part Karen Faust, 42, who has two daughters aged eight and nine, had never played before but had always fancied giving golf a go.

“I always wanted to try golf but just hadn’t got round to it yet, so saw the taster day as a good opportunity to see if I liked it,” says Karen, from Wilmslow. “In fact, I liked it even more than I expected!

“I lead a busy life with two young daughters so it was a welcome opportunity to completely switch off and take some time out for myself. I also loved the peace and quiet of the natural surroundings – the golf course was beautiful.

“We learned the basics of how to hold the club and stand then we tried some putting. It’s definitely whetted my appetite and hopefully I’ll play more at some point in the future. It’s definitely on my ‘to do’ list.”

Karen added: “We were all really surprised at how affordable the Get into golf lessons are.”

Many of the mums found the game less daunting than they had initially thought and felt encouraged to continue developing their newly-found golf skills.

Organiser Esther Scott said: “Nine mums, all with no golf experience, made our way up the long drive of Alderley Edge feeling slightly nervous. We were met with the warmest of welcomes from the lovely Gwyn, one of the club’s members, who put everyone at ease straight away.

“After a quick introduction to fellow Get into golf sign-ups, we had coffee and cake and  introduced to PGA professional Charles Le Seur.

“With excellent guidance from him and his assistant about the basics of how to hold the club and how to stand.”

For more details on Get into golf and Alderley Edge Golf Club’s offer of a five-week beginners course for just £25, visit getintogolf.org or call 0800 118 2766.

Meanwhile, the future looks bright for women and girls’ golf across Great Britain and Ireland, with new data revealing a surge in the number of females becoming involved in the sport.

Fuelled by an exciting group of female professionals, national media campaigns and the efforts of golf’s governing bodies, golf participation among females is on the increase, as the sport continues to work hard to attract new players to the game and convert them into membership.

Over the last decade, females have made up only approximately 14 per cent of golf club membership in GB&I, lagging behind other European countries such as Germany, Austria and Sweden, but that could be about to change according to new data from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

In recent years, all of the amateur bodies in GB&I have put a renewed focus on attracting more women and girls to play and the latest participation figures are encouraging.

For example, Get into golf, a national campaign supported by the amateur bodies, the European Tour, Ladies’ European Tour, PGA, Golf Foundation, the R&A and recently backed by Sky Sports, appears to be having an effect.

England Golf initiatives in 2015 attracted over 1,200 women to coaching and over 360 became club members. Five counties reported an increase in women’s membership, and 15 counties saw an increase in girls’ memberships.

 

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