Free Get into golf opportunities are on offer at three Nottingham parks throughout the summer.
Everyone is welcome to attend drop-in sessions at Woodthorpe Grange, Bulwell Hall and Highfields Park from June to October, to discover that golf is a game for all which is fun and sociable and a great way of keeping fit. For details of session dates and times go to www.getintogolf.org/notts
This is the second year that England Golf has got together with Nottingham City Council to take golf into an informal setting as part of the ParkLives programme. Comments from last summer’s participants included: “I enjoy being out in the fresh air and the camaraderie of playing with other people.”
Claire Hodgson, England Golf Head of Participation, said: “This is a great way to reach people who might never have thought of playing golf. Non golfers and beginners are encouraged to attend the drop in sessions to try golf and there will also be a specific weekly women’s only session
“Anyone who is interested in continuing to play will receive information about Get into golf opportunities at local clubs and other ways to play, such as adventure golf and pitch and putt.”
They’ll be supported by Get into golf activator Nyle Challinor, whose role is to raise the profile of golf in Nottingham and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to have a go and to become more active in a fun and enjoyable way.
Local clubs and volunteers are welcome to get involved and attend any of the sessions to promote opportunities to new golfers. To get involved they should contact Nottinghamshire Club Support Officer Emily Cheshire: firstname.lastname@example.org
The project is part of England Golf’s Get into golf campaign, which offers great value coaching opportunities, and its wider strategy to get more people playing golf more often.
Golf has many health and wellbeing benefits, including helping people to live longer and to preventing major chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart attacks. A nine-hole round can be fitted in to two hours and players will walk two to three miles, take over 5000 steps and burn over 450 calories.