How one golf club made money from their clubhouse this winter

Jenny Yu
By Jenny Yu April 5, 2018 07:50 Updated

Branston G&CC ran an indoor golfing challenge involving both pitching and putting. Dozens attended, many novices were given their first taste of golf and some even joined the club as a result

Tempted by pre-season fun and the opportunity to make new friends, 50 golfers of all ages, from experts to those just starting the sport, gathered at Branston Golf and Country Club in Staffordshire’s clubhouse for an evening of indoor golfing challenges, set up under the expert gaze and direction of club professionals Steve Hadfield and Paul Hebdon.

Ten teams of ladies, couples and youngsters gathered for a penalty shoot-out and drinks before battling their way around the fascinating layout of more than a dozen genuine challenges against the clock and to exciting soundtracks in the club’s Chatsworth Suite.

From classic pitch and putt holes to chipping challenges, the competition soon generated its share of friendly rivalry between teams as successes and the inevitable frustrations of golf took their toll of even the most proficient golfers.

In the ‘electrically charged’ atmosphere many of the youngsters present, benefitting from Steve Hadfield’s Saturday Club coaching sessions, soon demonstrated their newly found skills.

The loudest cheers were heard from the all-ladies’ team of Angela Evans, Millie and Sarah Hurst, Di Needham and Val Richards, for some of whom it was their debut following Get Into Golf sessions at Branston Academy.

Young golfer Mark Redfern (23) from Horninglow commented: “What a splendid warm up before the season starts. It typifies the difference that is Branston bringing together new and experienced golfers, ladies and youngsters, in a friendly fun-filled event run splendidly by Steve Hadfield and Paul Hebdon. I love Branston so much that Iva and I are getting married at Branston Pavilion in 2020!”

Derek Johnson, captain of the JCB team, said: “Thank you Steve and Paul for a really good, well organised and unusual evening.”

Branston’s Indoor Golf Challenge finished with team prizes including sparkling Prosecco for challenge winners the Fraser family, who recently scoured England for its best golf and country club and settled on Branston, plus chocolates for every youngster and a splendid meal.

“Our Indoor Golf Challenge was an outstanding success with a record attendance and we’ve even attracted new members who loved the friendly atmosphere and fun for which Branston Club is famous,” said Steve Hadfield.


Jenny Yu
By Jenny Yu April 5, 2018 07:50 Updated
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  1. David April 5, 12:36

    We’ve done a few events with Hillside Golf Club during the winter months to get a wide variety of members and family involved with up to 85 participants in the room. When the weather is this bad, there are ways to keep people involved with golf, that can be profitable and don’t go along the usual quiz or Elvis night.

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