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New golf scheme launched in Durham
August 1, 2011

Would-be golfers in Durham are being offered the chance to give the sport a try - and all for free.

Clubs throughout the county are backing the campaign aimed at helping more beginners take up the game - or to entice back former players.

Golf for All is a project that offers high quality coaching for anyone inspired to give golf a go by the success of Darren Clarke at the Open Championship.

August will see 10 clubs running special coaching schemes following on the success of a similar Get into Golf project held in the spring, when more than 200 people took part in the free sessions.

And there is no need to make an immediate investment in golf equipment.

The scheme - which is aimed at the 16 plus age bracket - is being funded by the Durham Golf Partnership and offers

  • SIX coaching sessions with a qualified PGA professional. These will cover all aspects of the game from basic swing, pitching, putting and bunker play.
  • All equipment will be provided
  • Venues across Durham, which means no-one should have far to travel to take advantage of the scheme.

Jonathan Ward, the Durham partnership's County Development Officer, said: "The spring Get into Golf coaching sessions proved very popular and it is easy to see why.

"At this time of year there is a lot of interest in golf - especially after a home success in the Open - and for anyone interested in taking up golf, this is an ideal opportunity. And it won't cost them a penny!

"The lessons will provide a fun and structured introduction to the game, so no matter what age you are it is never too late to take up golf - or return to the game if you once played it but have not picked up a club in the last few years due to family or work commitments, for example.

"As well as the sporting challenge of playing the game, it is a great way of meeting new people, enjoying a healthy lifestyle out in the fresh air and a thriving social scene, especially if you go on to become a member of a golf club.

"The fact is that 96 per cent of Durham clubs have adult membership vacancies and they have been very proactive in putting on events to encourage people into the sport and to take up golf club membership.

"The Get into Golf and Golf for All schemes support that work which means it has never been easier to start enjoying golf and to consider becoming a golf club member, with many clubs offering affordable follow on opportunities to those who wish to take their interest further."

Anyone interested is asked to book their sessions direct with the club they want to attend.

The clubs taking part, their contact details and the date the courses start are:

BEAMISH PARK: Chris Cole (0191 3701984) Thursday, August 18 (6pm)

BISHOP AUCKLAND:Michael Pilgrim (01388 661618) Tuesday, August 16 (6pm)

BLACKWELL GRANGE: Peter Raine (01325 462088) Monday, August 15 (6pm)

DARLINGTON: James Cousins (01325 484198) Wednesday, August 17 (6pm)

HEWORTH: Warren Marshall (0191 438 4223) Tuesday, August 30 (6pm)

HOBSON: Stuart Ord (01207 271605) Sunday, August 7 (10am)

RAMSIDE HALL: Mark Rayson (0191 386 9514) Tuesday, August 16 (6pm)

SEATON CAREW: Jeffrey Musgrove (01492 890660) Sunday, August 28 (10am)

SHARPLEY: Julie Welch (07725 009114) Wednesday, August 17 (6pm)

WEARSIDE: Jacquie Wade (0753 153 4899) Saturday, August 13 (10.30am)

For more details visit the website or email Jonathan Ward on

Golf for All is one of a number of projects aimed at increasing participation in golf run under the umbrella of the Durham County Golf Partnership, which is supported by the English 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 Durham, the County Golf Partnership is supported by the Durham Ladies County Golf Association, the Durham Union of Golf Clubs and the North East/North West PGA as well as County Durham Sport, Tees Valley Sport and Tyne and Wear Sport.

For more details of the activities in Durham visit

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