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New golf scheme in Northamptonshire
November 23, 2011

Golf clubs across Northamptonshire have come up with a cracker of an idea for anyone wanting to start playing the sport - just in time for Christmas.

Six clubs across the county are offering five group coaching sessions at the bargain price of just £25.

"It would make an ideal Christmas present for anyone who has ever thought about taking up golf or returning to a sport they once played," says David Davis, county development officer for the Northamptonshire County Golf Partnership.

"Courses will be running between now and March 2012 so a place in one of the groups could be an early gift for someone who is looking for a new sport to play, wants to enjoy a more active, healthy lifestyle and who may choose to go on and enjoy the social benefits of becoming a golf club member."

The six clubs taking part Whittlebury Park Golf Club, near Towcester, Cold Ashby, Rushden, Northants County at Northampton, Staverton Park and Wellingborough.

Coaching sessions will be held in groups of 10 and are open to anyone over the age of 16 who is not already a member of a golf club. The cost is £25 for five 90 minute sessions with a PGA qualified professional which will offer a fun introduction to the game's basic skills.

Each of the clubs taking part will also offer follow on coaching.

Adds David Davis: "It can be a bit intimidating turning up a club for the first time for a lesson, but this is a great way of doing just that with a group of people in a similar position who also want to give golf a go."

Anyone interested should contact the club directly for full details of when their courses are being held and to reserve a place.

Cold Ashby

Professionals: Shane Rose and John Chivers

E-Mail: shane_jrose@hotmail.com / johnpschivers@hotmail.com

Tel: 01604 740548

Northants County

Professionals: Ed Chapman and Mark Norton

E-Mail: chapman_ed@hotmail.com / mnorton06@hotmail.o.uk

Tel: 01604 843025

Rushden

Professionals: Adrian Clifford

E-Mail: adriancliffordpga@hotmail.com

Tel: 07710 759265

Staverton Park

Professionals: Aaron Shepherd and Shay Brennan

E-Mail: yourgolfmatters@me.com

Tel: 01327 300840

Wellingborough

Professionals: James Whittemore

Tel: 01933 400600

Whittlebury Park

Professionals: Richard Cartwright and Jim Hetherington

E-Mail: richardcartwright@n1golf.com /

Tel: 01327 850000

The Get into Golf initiative is one of a number of projects aimed at increasing participation in golf run under the umbrella of the Northamptonshire Golf Partnership, which is a collaboration of the major stakeholders in golf, including the English Golf Union, The English Women's Golf Association, the PGA, the Golf Foundation and Sport England.

In Northamptonshire the partnership is supported by the Northamptonshire Union of Golf Clubs, Northamptonshire County Ladies' Golf Association, the Northamptonshire Professional Golfers Association and the Northamptonshire Millennium Trust.

For more details of the activities in Northamptonshire visit www.northamptonshiregolf.org.uk/








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