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Exciting times at Dartmouth Golf & Country Club
July 29, 2011

Dartmouth Golf & Country Club's popular academy inspired the man responsible for developing golf in Devon to declare it an exciting time for golf in the town.

Craig Townsend, the Devon Golf Partnership's county development officer, visited the resort and was impressed with what he found upon meeting both the coaches and pupils involved in its tuition programmes.

The purpose of Townsend's visit was to present the venue with the prestigious GolfMark status it was recently awarded for outstanding work with beginner and junior golfers, and he was full of praise for the work being done.

He said: "It is an exciting time for golf in Dartmouth with strong links being developed through a number of parties in a friendly and accessible location.

"Dartmouth Golf & Country Club, and in particular Ian Smith, the junior organiser, and Rob Glazier, the head professional, have worked extremely hard to achieve the GolfMark accreditation for the club.

"The award shows the club is junior and beginner friendly and has an environment that welcomes newcomers to the game through a variety of initiatives and coaching programmes.

"It is the first step in a development plan at Dartmouth GCC which will focus on beginners coaching, junior development from beginners in local schools to the elite juniors striving for county recognition and increasing membership numbers in all categories."

Dartmouth Golf & Country Club's junior organiser Ian Smith said: "It's great to hear such positive feedback on our work, particularly from someone in Craig's position.

"Everyone involved in the academy is passionate about golf and we hope this success will be the foundation for even bigger things in the future."

The resort's established junior academy boasts more than 40 members who meet every weekend to develop their golf through a range of off and on-course coaching with PGA professionals.

Situated in 225 acres of south Devon countryside, Dartmouth Golf & Country Club boasts a range of facilities that can aid beginner golfers with their development, with practice facilities including a driving range and large putting green; the highly acclaimed nine-hole Dartmouth Course, and the award-winning 18-hole Championship Course.

The English Golf Union and English Women's Golf Association developed the GolfMark award to identify and acknowledge golf facilities in England that were junior and beginner friendly. It ensures clubs meet the highest standards in three areas: coaching and playing; club environment, including sports equity and ethics; and child protection and duty of care.

The GolfMark award also integrates Sport England's Clubmark award - a national standard for quality sports clubs recognised across the country. More than 30 other sports, including tennis and rugby are also using the alliance to add value to their accreditation schemes and more than 10,000 sports clubs have been awarded Clubmark or are working towards achieving accreditation.

For more information on Dartmouth Golf & Country Club's junior academy, or beginners' golf, please call Rob Glazier and the team on 01803 712011, email proshop@dgcc.co.uk or visit www.dgcc.co.uk .







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