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Abbey Hill Golf Centre nominated for national award
October 12, 2012

Abbey Hill Golf Centre has been nominated for the prestigious GolfMark Club of the Year award by the Bucks, Berks and Oxon (BB&O) Golf Partnership.

Abbey Hill was awarded GolfMark status in February 2009, since then the public pay-and-play facility has worked hard to develop the playing level of its junior golfers with a heavy focus on introducing as many children in Milton Keynes to golf as possible.

GolfMark is a national scheme that identifies and recognises junior and beginner-friendly golf facilities, with centres being assessed on three key areas - coaching and playing, club environment and child protection and duty of care.

The public pay-and-play centre has all the facilities towelcome families and young golfers, including a full 18-hole course complimented by a family friendly Par-3 Short Course and Pirate Island Adventure Golf - a wheelchair-friendly theme park festooned with an array of fun features including waterfalls, lakes, streams and islands, with rafts, treasure chests, cannons, decorative crocodiles, parrots and swords, and various species of plants adding to the swashbuckling landscape - a 21-bay driving range and putting green.

Gordon Forster, Abbey Hill Golf Centre General Manager, said: "Being nominated is a great reward for the hard work our team of PGA Professionals have put into helping youngsters get into golf.

"They have put together an innovative programme that allows us to teach so many school children within Milton Keynes. Our Golf or Schools Programme has seen our expert coaches going into more than 60 local schools - both primary and secondary - in the last three years.

"We have worked extremely hard to encourage more young golfers and families into golf, having the Pirate Island Adventure Golf has helped, and we are seeing more and more youngsters progressing from playing that form of golf to moving onto the main courses."

Abbey Hill's stable of PGA Professionals - Robin Cheng, Kevin Jones and David Armor, along with Assistant PGA Pro Tom Blick - also conduct three weekly roll up sessions for children of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to learn golf.

It's not just the juniors getting the taste for the sport either with Abbey Hill - part of BGL Golf, the UK's leading golf course owner and operator - also offering free four week courses for adults taking their first steps in the sport or looking to improve their game. This has been sosuccessful that nearly 200 adults took up these courses this year.

Samantha Round, from the BB&O Golf Partnership who nominated Abbey Hill, said: "The BB&O Golf Partnership was delighted to nominate Abbey Hill Golf Centre for the GolfMark Club of the Year Award. The facility works very closely with the Partnership on various initiatives aimed at getting both more juniors and adults into the game. The centre has a forward thinking, progressive attitude to golf development, which makes them great to work with and fully deserving of the nomination."

England Golf will shortlist all nominations from across the country before announcing a final three who will be invited to an awards ceremony in early 2013, where the GolfMark Club of the Year will be announced.

For further information visit www.abbeyhillgc.co.uk .








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