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Two's company in Northamptonshire
August 9, 2011

Two's company when it comes to a new drive to encourage more people in Northamptonshire to take up golf.

A major campaign is being launched to offer golf lessons to couples - whether they be husband and wife, partners, family relations or just friends.

Ladies only courses will also be available.

The project is being organised by the Northamptonshire County Golf Partnership and will be held at four golf clubs across the region.

"This is a great opportunity for people who want to try playing golf to come along and give it a go with their partner, family member or friend," said David Davis, County Development Officer for the partnership. "It's nice to try something new in the company of someone you know.

"The sessions for couples or the ladies only courses will appeal to anyone who has been interested in trying golf, but may have been reluctant to approach a club on their own.

"You will be in a group of like-minded people all starting out together. Golf is a great sport for a healthy lifestyle, but it is also one where new friends can be made and with an enjoyable social life on and off the course."

On offer is four one-hour group coaching sessions with a qualified PGA professional plus an individual 30 minute lesson. Equipment is provided. Anyone interested is asked to register for the scheme directly with the club that suits them best, with a £20 registration fee payable to the venue. The clubs involved will be offering further coaching opportunities and membership offers.

The scheme is aimed at people aged 16 and over who are interested in golf, but are not yet members of a club.

The clubs taking part are:

Daventry: Contact Shay Brennan (01327 702829 or email shaybrennan@me.com ) for full details

Staverton Park: Contact Aaron Shepherd (01327 702829 or email pgafitness@googlemail.cim ) for full details

Cold Ashby: From August 14 (10.30am-12noon) or August 15 (1.30pm-3pm) Contact Alan Wright (01604 740099 or email pgaalan@hotmail.com ) for further information

Rushden: From September 6 (11am-12.30pm) or September 11 (1pm-2.30pm) Contact Adrian Clifford (01933 418511 or email adriancliffordpga@hotmail.com ) for further information

Three clubs are also involved in promoting a number of golf schemes over the next 12 months as part of Northamptonshire County Council's adult learning programme.

The clubs involved are Brampton Heath, Cold Ashby and Silverstone and the schemes range from one week to ten and include a range of subjects such as improving your skills, and golf for beginners, improvers, ladies or families. Sessions will also be held on playing better golf or finding the perfect golf posture.

The year-long campaign also includes a Ladies Golf and Pamper Day, and Easter and Summer golf camps.

For further information ring the registration line on 01604 237418 (Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm), visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/beinspired or visit the download area at www.northamptonshiregolf.org.uk/








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