Get in to golf in Derbyshire
THE world's best golfers in both the men's and women's game are in England this month to battle it out for their respective Open crowns.
It is traditionally a time of the year when interest in the sport is at its highest - and clubs throughout Derbyshire are offering the chance to give everyone the opportunity to give golf a go.
The county is following up its successful first golf festival - held at the time of the US Masters in April which saw 12 initiatives at clubs introduce more than 150 people to the game - with two more week-long campaigns to coincide with the Open Championship and the Women's British Open.
The men will be battling it out at Royal St George's from July 14, with the new golf festival starting on Saturday, July 16, as the event comes to an exciting conclusion.
The women are in action from Thursday, July 28, and Derbyshire's third and final festival will start on Saturday, July 30.
Clubs throughout the county are backing the drive to encourage more people to take up golf with a host of events and offers, like free taster golf sessions. Derbyshire Golf are supporting the projects with financial grants towards the marketing, advertising and coaching for each event.
The festivals are all part of the Derbyshire Golf Partnership's support of the Golf England initiative to open up more golfing opportunities through its 'Get into Golf' campaign.
The following clubs have confirmed they will be taking part in the festivals: Chapel en le Frith; Chesterfield GC, Burton on Trent GC, Erewash Valley GC, Matlock GC and Ormonde Fields GC.
Chapel en le Frith Golf Club is putting on special day for the girls with a putting, Pimms and pamper event on Friday, September 2 (6.30pm). Tickets are £5, including a glass of Pimms, an advice session with the club professional, and a make-up demo, while a mini pamper session is available at an additional cost. Further details from Anna or Denise on 01298 812 118.
An open day takes place at Erewash Valley Golf Club on Tuesday, July 19 (6.00pm-8.00pm) which will include a tour of the club facilities and free coaching sessions for men, ladies and juniors. For further information contact Andy Burrows (01559 323258) or Darren Bartlett (07786 156532 or email firstname.lastname@example.org )
Ormonde Fields GC is offering a free 40 minute lesson with a PGA professional at their Open Day on July 31, from 10am-4pm, with the chance to win a free six week coaching course. There will also be a guided tour of the club's facilities and a putting competition with prizes. Book a place by calling 01773 742 987.
Matlock Golf Club is holding an open weekend on August 6/7 between 10am and 3pm each day with the chance to give golf a try. Further details from 01629 582 191 or email email@example.com
Full details of what is on offer at each club can be found by visiting the Get Into Golf section at www.derbyshiregolf.org/programmes
Derbyshire Golf will be supporting initiatives and events run by clubs and facilities such as:
The scheme is being backed by a marketing and promotion campaign organised by Derbyshire Golf .
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 www.derbyshiregolf.org