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New drive for golfers in Warwickshire
April 14, 2011

Would-be golfers in Warwickshire are being offered the ideal chance to start playing - in just five easy steps.

Clubs throughout the county are backing a new campaign aimed at helping more beginners take up the game.

Novice2golfer is a project that offers high quality coaching for newcomers to the sport at a bargain price and without the need to make an immediate investment in golf equipment.

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

  • FIVE one-hour group coaching lessons. These will cover all aspects of the game from basic swing, pitching, putting and bunker play as well as the chance to take the final lesson out on the course.
  • A discounted cost of just £25 for the five lessons - which will be held in five consecutive weeks with a PGA professional.
  • All equipment will be provided
  • Venues across Warwickshire, which means no-one should have far to travel to take advantage of the scheme.

The first 13 clubs to join the project are Leamington and County GC, Copt Heath GC , near Coventry; Stonebridge GC (Meriden); Robin Hood GC , Solihull; Shirley GC , Solihull; Windmill Village GC , Allesley, Coventry; Stratford Oaks GC, Snitterfield, Stratford-upon-Avon; Marston Lakes GC, Lea Marston, Sutton Coldfield; Coventry Hearsall GC ; Rugby GC ; Kenilworth GC ; Leam Valley GC, Rugby, and the Warwickshire G&CC at Warwick.

Leamington and County GC have their first session on April 16 with further details from Julian Mellor on 01926 425961 or email

Stonebridge GC is running two sessions, starting on Thursday, May 5 (6.30pm) and Saturday, May 7 (12pm). Further details from Andy Jones on 07788 588078 or 01676 522442.

Copt Heath has a number of choices available with starting dates ranging from Thursday, April 28 (9.30am and 10.45am) to Friday, April 29 (6.30pm) or Sunday, May 1 (6.00pm). Further details from Neil Sykes on 07732 229844.

The contact at the Warwickshire G&CC is Mark Dulson on 0845 474 8608.

Julia Burton, the Warwickshire partnership's County Development Officer, said: "This is an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in playing golf to take the plunge.

"With just five lessons at a cost of just £25 with a qualified PGA coach, you will quickly be able to enjoy your time out on the course.

"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.

"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 scheme is also targeting local businesses who may want to offer their staff golf lessons as part of their company's sports and social scene.

For more details of the activities in Warwickshire visit the Novice2golfer section at

Novice2golfer is one of a number of projects aimed at increasing participation in golf run under the umbrella of the Warwickshire 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 Warwickshire the partnership is supported by the Warwickshire Union of Golf Clubs (WUGC), the Warwickshire Ladies' County Golf Association (WLCGA) and the Warwickshire PGA.

For more details of the activities in Warwickshire visit

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