Rothbury Golf Club awarded GolfMark status

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir October 9, 2011 14:22

Rothbury Golf Club awarded GolfMark status

Rothbury Golf Club in Northumberland has been awarded GolfMark status by the English Golf Union (EGU) and English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA). The award is recognition for the club’s ability to attract juniors and beginners to the game of golf.

Rothbury takes youngsters from the age of five upwards, running a special ‘pre-members’¬† group to encourage children to start early. The Northumberland County Golf Partnership has also funded free taster sessions for beginners, which are held at the club.

Junior organiser Val Hope said: “I am very proud for Rothbury and its members as we have achieved a tremendous amount. We are a central part of the community and this award has only been achieved through the co-operation of many people.”

Thomson Bathgate, the club’s chairman and secretary, stated: “The club is very pleased to have achieved GolfMark, it has been down to the hard work of one or two people within the club and as the club chairman I appreciate all of their effort.”

Lisa Ferrie, county development officer for the Northumberland County Golf Partnership, added:¬† “Val Hope is very modest but her friends at Rothbury have told me how very proud they are of her efforts. She is full of enthusiasm and along with the other members I have met, they are working tirelessly for the greater good of their club.

“They are a rural club but are very forward thinking in their approach to their club and facility. The clubhouse is used by many organisations and is a central hub for many activities and events.

“They understand the importance of making their clubhouse pay and have realised that their income can no longer rely on the golf course alone. I hope that this GolfMark award will help them to continue to move the club forward and to enable them to attract more people to participate in golf.”

GolfMark is a national scheme that identifies and recognises junior and beginner friendly golf facilities in England.

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir October 9, 2011 14:22
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