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GolfMark status for 15 new UK venues

Posted Apr 04, 2011 by Jeff Dawson

The English Golf Union (EGU) and the English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) has developed a scheme to encourage non-golfers to take up the sport, giving clubs huge incentives for doing their bit.
One organisation taking advantage of this scheme is Crown Golf, a company that owns 29 golf clubs throughout the UK, of which 15 are match-funding a £600 grant per club that they have just received from the EGU and the EWGA as a result of being ‘GolfMark’ accredited. And the amazing part of this combined £18,000 project is that there are 360 free places on the Discover Golf programme.
This translate to a month of free coaching at any of the 15 participating teaching facilities on a first come, first served basis. Some of the Crown Golf venues included are the Merrist Wood GC near Guildford, Eccelston Park GC in Prescott, Merseyside, Sherfield Oaks GC in Hook, Hampshire and Chelsfields Lakes GC in Orpington.
With these 15 new venues newly accredited in the past year, it now means that 23 of Crown’s 29 centres are ‘GolfMark’ venues, showing that the company really are at the forefront of golf development in this country.
Richard Flint, Development Manager for the EGU and the EWGA said: ‘Crown Golf came to us and said it wanted to do something different and significant with the money we give them each year for having attained GolfMark status.  We applaud the initiative and look forward to seeing more new people playing golf in more places in 2011’.
Rob Spurrier, Group Academy Manager at Crown Golf, said: “We are delighted that, with the help of the EGU and EWGA, we are able to help more people try out golf. We have a ground-breaking coaching programme, tailored to each individual’s needs, and we hope to be able to facilitate a significantly higher number of people taking up golf, and continuing to play, over the coming months and years.”
GolfMark status is awarded by the EGU and the EWGA in recognition of junior and beginner-friendly golf facilities. The three key areas within the golf club assessed are coaching and playing, the club environment and child protection and duty of care.

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