Golf club introduces free golf to members’ children

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir May 13, 2016 15:58

An innovative Essex golf club has introduced free golf to every child aged 10 or under who are the child or grandchild of any member of the club.

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Boyce Hill, which has a reputation for promoting family golf, hopes the initiative will encourage more children to play the game.

The child has to play with his or her adult member parent or grandparent to receive the free round, explained Alex Woodward, Boyce Hill’s general manager, who won Golf Club Management’s ‘Newcomer Manager of the Year’ award last year.

“Family golf is something that Boyce Hill Golf Club has been driving hard for in recent years, with a relentless programme of promotion to get golfers and their families out on the course together,” he said.

“This has included rule changes to allow juniors to play in club competitions, much less restriction on their access to the golf course, a reduction in the junior fees and the creation of a ladies’ pathway to membership with three new categories of academy membership having taken on the findings of Sygenta and love.golf on female participation.

“Today the club has a resurgent junior academy with roughly 60 children receiving regular coaching, is a Golf Foundation HSBC Golf Roots centre and has had over a dozen ladies on the academy pathway. What’s really encouraging this year they have started converting people from both initiatives to full membership.

“Now the board of directors have gone even further to offer courtesy of the course to the children and grandchildren of members who are 10 years of age or under. There are some criteria to meet such as the parent of grandparent being a full member, they must play with their child, provide proof of insurance and register the child with the general manager before play.

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“They feel it is a great way to encourage the children of members to golf together with their parents or grandparents and be introduced to the game at a very early age.

“Many people find golf through their parents or grandparents, I certainly did and we absolutely believe it’s a great way to introduce the next generation to our great game. Members at Boyce Hill are a treasured asset and as such your little ones can come and golf with you at your club, as often as you choose, for no additional cost. The price is already included in your membership.”

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir May 13, 2016 15:58
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  1. Richard Hardy May 14, 17:41

    Your article makes this sound like it is a new idea, it certainly makes a lot of sense. At Droitwich Golf Club we have introduced in 2014 free membership for all children and Grandchildren of full members up to the age of 16.
    In the last 12 months we have seen an increase in our Junior membership by over 30 and are now able to field our own Junior team, which we had not been able to do in recent years.

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