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Golf

What is Golf?

Golf is an adaptable game that it suits everyone, whatever their age, fitness level or ability. Whether you want to keep healthy, burn calories or spend time with friends, golf is for you.

The game is steeped in tradition. The rules are uniform the world over and the unique handicapping system allows people of different abilities to play with and against each other. The game is a stimulating challenge combined with getting out in the fresh air in pleasant surroundings. Golf is not only enjoyable, it is an excellent way of exercising, as an average 18 holes usually involves walking between six and seven kilometres!

Friendship, fresh air and exercise, golf has is all

Get into Golf is the national campaign to inspire adults to take up golf and to play more often. Run by England Golf through is network of County Golf Partnership and supported by Sport England National Lottery funding.

It doesn't matter whether you've never played golf or if you haven't picked up a club since your school days or an almost-forgotten holiday. You can get started by taking advantage of the low cost golf taster sessions and beginner courses on offer.

You'll receive a basic introduction to golf from PGA professionals, together with information about club membership and follow-on coaching opportunities. Equipment will be provided so all you have to do is turn up on the day in comfortable clothing.

There's no better sport for bringing people together and with its winning combination of exercise, sporting skill and social interaction, golf is the perfect tonic for good health and happiness.

Benefits

It's good to play golf because:

  • Game for all
  • Keeps you active
  • Connects you with people (for women use support and friendship)
  • Learn something new
  • Reduces stress levels (for women use Gives you a natural feel-good factor
  • Learn something new
  • Improve work-life balance
  • Helps you live longer, healthier life

Costs

Taster sessions and beginner courses are not as expensive as you might think, and there are driving ranges available across the country. The majority of beginner courses will provide equipment, and clubs are available to rent at most golf courses.

Involvement

If you have never played golf before, or are just a bit rusty, Get into golf is the best starting point for you. The sessions are fun and sociable and held in a relaxed atmosphere where you'll learn the basics and find out about follow-on opportunities. They can help you find an activity near you, as well as guiding you on what to wear, the etiquette and rules of game.

Equipment

Once you are experienced enough to go out on the golf course you will need a golf bag:

  • Spare golf balls
  • Spare tees
  • Pencil for scoring
  • Pen for marking golf balls
  • Golf ball marker
  • Umbrella
  • Towel for cleaning clubs
  • Waterproofs - possibly!
  • Pitch mark repairer
  • Drink
  • Snack bar(s)
  • Golf Rule Book

Facts

  • The Ryder Cup is made out of gold and stands 17 inches tall, 9 inches wide and weighs 4 pounds. That makes it slightly taller and heavier than the trophy awarded to the winners of the FIFA World Cup.

Campaigns

Coaching Can

Coaching has long been considered to be about the development of skill in a sport. It has been about acquiring, honing and transferring these skills in the pursuit of athletic achievement.

Feel Alive from 65 Week

25th September - 1st October. A week full of physical activity taster sessions to promote active living in older adults.

GO GOLD Funding Programme

The aim of GO GOLD is to support talented young athletes, including those athletes who are being recognised by their National Governing Bodies as being our future Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth

Local Programmes

Leicester-Shire & Rutland GO GOLD Athletes

Take a look at the Profiles and Blogs of our current athletes, supported by the GO GOLD Funding Programme.

School Games (Leicester-Shire & Rutland)

A unique opportunity to motivate and inspire young people to take part in more competitive school sport.

National Programmes

Get into Golf

Get into golf is a national campaign to inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to take up the game.

Golf Express

Golf Express offers the 9-hole round of golf as a complete and enjoyable experience that is consistent with the traditions of playing the game. Only taking 2 hours this format is ideal for beginners o

HSBC Golf Roots

HSBC Golf Roots targets 14 to 16 year olds and pupils in 6th form education with a blend of formal and informal offers.

Local Contacts

Alice Lowe

Club Support Officer

Telephone
07736 880916

Paul Aitkens

Regional Development Officer

Golf Foundation

Url
http://www.golf-foundation.org/

Partners

  • Safeguarding
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Charnwood Borough Council
    County Sport Network
    Sport England
  • Loughborough University
    Leicestershire County Council
    Rutland County Council
    British Heart Foundation
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Melton Borough Council
    East Midlands Platform
    North West Leicestershire District Council
    Blaby District Council
    Harborough District Council
  • Equality Standard
    Leicester City Council
    Age UK L&R
    QUEST

Partners

  • Rutland County Council
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Melton Borough Council
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Loughborough University
    Harborough District Council
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Equality Standard
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    Blaby District Council
  • Age UK L&R
    QUEST
  • Leicester City Council
    County Sport Network
  • East Midlands Platform
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • British Heart Foundation
    Safeguarding
  • Sport England