ACCRINGTON Golf Club is proving quick off the mark – by backing a national campaign to speed up the sport.
Golf Express – which promotes 9-hole golf to inspire busy people to play more often – has been rolled out by England Golf.
The launch follows a successful eight-month trial in Staffordshire when more than 4,600 9-hole rounds were played.
Now Accrington GC, which can be found on Devon Avenue, Oswaldtwistle, is promoting Golf Express with weekly sessions on Thursdays from 5pm-7pm. These can be booked through the club’s PGA Professional Jonathan Pollard, with a green fee of just £9 for nine holes.
Club secretary Paul Wright says: “We look forward to welcoming new players to enjoy our pleasant tree-lined course and experience the atmosphere of our warm and friendly club.”
The club is the first in east Lancashire to sign up to the scheme.
Says Debbie Barber, county officer for the Lancashire Golf Development Group: “Lack of time is often given as one of the reasons for people not taking up golf, but Golf Express is designed to encourage people to enjoy a shorter format of the game which may fit better into their busy lifestyles.
“Nine holes of golf can still provide all the health and social benefits associated with the sport, but may be more convenient for many people.
“Accrington Golf Club is to be congratulated on taking a positive approach to finding new and innovative ways to encourage more people into the sport and share with them the benefits of going on to become a regular player and potential club member.”
Clubs across the country are now promoting 9-hole green fees and offers to players on theGolfExpress9.orgwebsite.
Justin Rose, an England Golf ambassador, often plays 9 holes in practice and describes Golf Express as: “A great way to play all the game in half the time.”
On average, a 9-hole round can be played in just two hours, which can fit into a busy lifestyle, and it offers all the health and social benefits of the full game. In a 9-hole round a player will walk two to three miles, take more than 5,000 steps and burn more than 450 calories.
The appeal of the 9-hole game, which is compatible with the Rules of Golf and the handicap system, has also prompted the R&A to launch a new 9-hole championship for amateurs and Scottish Golf is also promoting the shorter format.
Golf Express offers places to play across the country through its online directory atwww.golfexpress9.orgwhich also features special offers.
England Golf is the governing body for amateur golf in England. It is one of the country’s largest sports governing bodies and looks after the interests of more than 1,900 golf clubs and 675,000 men, women, boy and girl club members.
England Golf is at the heart of grassroots golf, inspiring people to have a lifelong involvement in the game.
Our development initiative ‘Get into golf’ introduces new golfers, juniors and adults, to start playing the game as well as increasing the interest and participation in golf. Working with our partners we offer business support to clubs to encourage more golfers to enjoy the benefits of club membership and to help promote the game as being accessible, fun and family friendly.
For competitive golfers, England Golf provides championships for all ages and abilities, both in individual and team events, hosted at some of the most prestigious courses across the country, some with qualifying events at any club.
England Golf identifies and develops the country’s most talented golfers through their amateur careers, many of whom go on to become the world’s leading professional golfers, such as Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Charley Hull and Melissa Reid.