County Golf Development Groups
There are several key organisations involved in the coordination, development and delivery of golf at county level including but not limited to the men’s union, ladies association, county golf development group, the PGA and Golf Foundation.
The county network is fundamental to the delivery of the key priorities within England Golf’s Strategic Plan 2014-17 and Whole Sport Plan participation outcomes, with all counties having actions in place to support local delivery within clubs, ultimately resulting in more players, more members and stronger clubs.
In 2015 England Golf re-allocated funds and committed to increasing the capacity of the county development officer (CDO) network, which now stands at 42 officers, of which 25 are employed nationally and 17 with self-employed contracts. The total investment is £1,051,000 per annum. This network is vital in getting more people playing golf and attracting and retaining more club members.
The county impact report above provides an update on progress against the action plan areas; more players, more members and stronger clubs during the period 1st April 2016 to 30th September 2016, but also includes key findings to enhance delivery during the next 6 months.