Derbyshire golf club named GolfMark Club of the Year
Chapel-en-le-Frith Golf Club in Derbyshire has been awarded the prestigious GolfMark Club of the Year Award. The club impressed judges with programmes to encourage both juniors and adults into golf, while creating the kind of welcoming environment that serves as an excellent advertisement for the game.
Representatives of Chapel-en-le-Frith received their GolfMark Club of the Year accolade during the England Golf Partnership's County Development Conference on Tuesday, 23rd February.
The English Golf Union (EGU) and English Women's Golf Association (EWGA) introduced this award to recognise those facilities that have shown an outstanding and innovative contribution to junior and beginner golf.
During the last year Chapel-en-le-Frith Golf Club has reached out consistently to schools and the community and fostered a friendly, family atmosphere at the club. Juniors compete regularly with adults and adults enjoy a mentoring ‘buddy' scheme. Junior coaching sessions and competitions are regular events, while growing links with local schools provide a pathway to encourage new youngsters to develop their golf at the club under expert supervision.
The golf club's award nomination is packed with examples of how accommodating a club can be to new players, from Texas scrambles and quiz nights to encouraging parents to join in with junior activity. Chapel-en-le-Frith has also shown innovation in recruitment, including tailored easy payment schemes, ‘beat-the-recession' special prices, temporary memberships (attracting 70 players in 2009), new categories of membership and use of intelligent marketing (including radio advertising, visits to school assemblies and open days and taster sessions).
Chapel-en-le-Frith edged out runners-up for the award Paultons Golf Centre in Hampshire and Stoke by Nayland Golf Club in Essex. This final three won through a tough judging procedure which saw them initially compete against nominations from County Golf Partnerships to then reach a shortlist of eight clubs that were assessed by a panel from the EGU, EWGA, PGA and the Golf Foundation.
EGU and EWGA Golf Development Manager, Richard Flint said,
"We have been extremely impressed with the quality of clubs nominated for this year's award. It is clear that everyone who was nominated has shown both dedication and creativity in the work they do in welcoming both juniors and beginners to the game and they are all great ambassadors for golf."