Bush Hill Park Golf Club has been crowned Club of the Year for its efforts in providing members and the wider community with outstanding levels of service during the pandemic year.
The Middlesex club – which celebrated its 125th anniversary in trying circumstances in 2020 – has developed facilities, grown its membership and connected with the local area like never before in the past year.
Bush Hill Park earned the accolade after being shortlisted alongside Stanedge Golf Club from Derbyshire, The Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club and Dunnerholme Golf Club from Cumbria.
Over 160 new members have joined Bush Hill Park since the first national lockdown in March 2020 due in no small part to the club’s positive and engaging presence on social media.
The club has become a signatory to the Women in Golf Charter and developed a new women’s affiliate programme which has attracted over 40 beginners and put 26 women on a pathway programme to full membership.
With a female chairman and PGA professional at the club, Bush Hill Park is fully committed to encouraging more women and girls to find enjoyment and healthy exercise through golf.
Improvements to levels of governance also impressed the judges while the work on the course and practice area has also been a boon for the members.
New bunkers, an on-course toilet facility and a halfway hut were constructed.
Using money received via an England Golf COVID-19 Support Fund grant, the club was also able to build five undercover practice bays and install a new chipping area for members’ use.
The club also won praise for its work in the community during lockdowns.
Perishable food and drinks were donated to a London homeless charity while 100 food parcels were delivered to members who were forced to self-isolate and were unable to venture out for supermarket shopping.
A takeaway food service also went down a storm – with 2500 portions of fish and chips or curry being sold to hungry golfers denied their usual visit to the clubhouse restaurant because of restrictions.