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Floating green at centre of new regional golf week
March 14, 2012

A unique golfing challenge will be at the centre of a new drive to encourage more people to give golf a go in the north east.

The region's first golf week is to take place between April 16 th and April 22 nd at a time of year when interest in the sport is at a high following the US Masters at Augusta.

Clubs from across Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria are backing the project which will see a range of activities including free taster schemes for people to try golf; free lessons to encourage work colleagues to take up a healthier lifestyle together through golf; and disability golf sessions.

The week-long programme will also include the chance for people in the Stockton area to try a golf shot with a difference.

A floating green is to be placed on the River Tees, close to the Infinity Bridge, with everyone being encouraged to see if they can land a ball safely on the water-bound target.

The shoot-out takes place on Thursday, April 19 th , from 3pm to 7pm and has been organised in partnership with Stockton Borough Council.

PGA professionals will be on hand to run a series of fun challenges and free coaching clinics in two inflatable driving bays which take golf out from the fairways and onto the streets.

Refreshments will be available while local clubs will provide details of their membership opportunities.

Following the Infinity Golf Project, five clubs in Stockton will be running a free six-week 'Get into Golf' programme for anyone over the age of 16 who is not a member of a club. The participating clubs are Eaglescliffe, Billingham, Wynyard, Teesside and Yarm Driving Range.

The week is being promoted by the County Golf Partnerships in Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria.

Regional development officer Jason Budd says: "We hope this event will promote the start of the golfing season with a bang - especially with such an unusual challenge on offer.

"The aim of the week is to open up golfing opportunities, promote the fantastic facilities available in the region and to help increase participation within the three counties."

Details of the programme of events in each county are available from the relevant County Golf Partnership website -   www.durhamgolfpartnership.com (Durham); www.northumberlandcgp.co.uk (Northumberland); www.cumbriagolf.org/ (Cumbria)








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