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Three new golf festivals for Derbyshire
February 18, 2011

Derbyshire's golf clubs are to stage three special week-long festivals in 2011 as part of a major drive to attract new players.

The county-wide project will be linked to the sport's leading events of the year and will offer anyone interested in taking up the game the chance to sample what is on offer at Derbyshire's clubs.

The series of golf festivals are to be held throughout 2011 at a time when general interest and TV coverage of the sport is at its highest.

The first festival will be held from Saturday, April 9, to Sunday, April 17, to coincide with the world's top golfers battling it out for success over the famous Augusta course in the US Masters (April 7-10).

The second festival will be based around the highlight of the British golfing season, the Open Championship, which is being held at Royal St George's from July 14-17.

The Derbyshire festival will run from Saturday, July 16, to Sunday, July 24.

The final golf festival will be held around the time of the Women's British Open at Carnoustie (July 28-31) and will be staged from Saturday, July 30, to Sunday, August 7.

A wide range of activities will be on offer at clubs throughout Derbyshire, including:

  • FREE Taster sessions
  • Family Taster days
  • Open Days
  • FREE Golf Coaching
  • Golfer - Non Golfer events
  • Women's Golf and Coffee mornings
  • Pupil & Parent promotions

The scheme is being backed by a marketing and promotion campaign organised by Derbyshire Golf .

A full calendar of events at participating clubs will be posted on the Derbyshire County Golf Partnership website at in the weeks running up to the three festivals.

Derbyshire Golf Chairman Peter McGrath commented: "We are encouraging all clubs and golfing facilities in Derbyshire to design initiatives to run in the three festival weeks around the GET INTO GOLF campaign.

"We aim to support these initiatives with support for marketing and coaching provision. The campaign is designed to introduce new people to the game of golf and hopefully on into golf club membership in the future"

The Get Into Golf campaign is one of a number of projects aimed at increasing participation in golf run under the umbrella of the Derbyshire Golf Partnership. This 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 Derbyshire the partnership is supported by the Derbyshire Ladies County Golf Association, the Derbyshire Union of Golf Clubs and the Derbyshire PGA.

For more details of the activities in Derbyshire visit

For more information on the work of the Derbyshire Golf Partnership contact Nigel Furniss, County Development Officer, Derbyshire County Golf Partnership.


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