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New "Get into Golf" scheme for Staffordshire
November 29, 2011

The winter may not seem the obvious time to take up golf - but a new scheme in Staffordshire is providing the perfect incentive to tee up for the first time.

Six driving ranges in the county have signed up to provide a route into golf for beginners.

The project is being organised by the Staffordshire County Golf Partnership and has attracted backing from golf club manufacturers Wilson Staff.

Everyone taking part on one of the courses will be offered a free club, courtesy of Wilson Staff.

The driving ranges taking part are at Branston Golf and Country Club, Lichfield Golf and Country Club, Stone Driving Range, The Golf Academy at the Range, Essington, 3 Hammers golf complex and Keele Driving Range.

Sean Hammill, county development officer for the county golf partnership, says: "We are indebted to Wilson Staff for their support. The free golf club will give beginners something to use for practice between lessons which will help them develop their game. It gives them a good starting point to build up a set of clubs if they become more involved in the sport.

"The facilities on offer at the ranges mean whatever the weather people can get out during the winter for some healthy exercise while learning a new sport which will stand them in good stead for the years ahead."

A mixture of free taster sessions and group coaching lessons will be on offer as part of the Go 4 Green scheme.

Full details are available at the county partnership's website - - or at a new facebook site, StaffsGolfGetintoGolf.

Stuart Alford, of Wilson Staff, says: "We are delighted to support the work going on in Staffordshire to encourage more people to take up golf.

"Our clubs suit all ranges of abilities in the game - from top players like Padraig Harrington to those taking their first shots."

The Staffordshire Golf Partnership is a collaboration of a number of stakeholders in the sport including the English Golf Union, The English Women's Golf Association, the PGA, the Golf Foundation and Sport England. In Staffordshire the partnership is supported by the Staffordshire Ladies County Golf Association, the Staffordshire Union of Golf Clubs and the Staffordshire PGA.

For more details of the activities in Staffordshire visit .

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