How was the programme advertised?
All of the advertisement was done internally, our own members were encouraged to introduce a friend, partner, wife, sister, work colleague, daughter etc. This method worked really well and gave us a really good mix of ages, abilities and background.
When did the programme start?
The Putting and Prosecco evening was run in Mid April as the first introduction to golf. From there, 50 ladies signed up for an eight week programme which consisted of a mixture of lessons with PGA Professional Zak Rouiller and on course activities with club members acting as "buddies,"
Was it difficult to recruit buddies?
The programme was very much seen as an overall club initiative which meant there was great input from both the men and women's sections. This helped keep the momentum going throughout the programme and also helped integrate the women to the wider membership.
What kind of things were covered in the lessons?
The PGA Professional Zak, was very popular with the participants, he helped guide them through the basics of putting, chipping and long shots throughout the four weeks of coaching. The lessons were all very engaging and the feedback has been hugely positive.
Zak also took the initiative to run some follow on lessons, which have been well received by the group.
What follow on membership packages were available?
We have three stages to full membership, which allows people to grow into the membership without a huge financial commitment from the beginning.
Stage One: We have an introductory membership package that begun after the eight weeks and ends in December.
Stage Two: We offer a 15 month membership for those that participated in the programme, which is effectively 1/3 of the overall membership (Oct 18' - Dec 19').
Stage Three: This is where particpants pay 2/3 of the full membership, which staggers them nicely into fully membership the following year.
What kind of follow on activities are available?
Since the programme ended there has been set times on a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday which the group have availed of. We also have a very active WhatsApp group, which has been a great way for the women to arrange games between themselves.
What are the plans for the winter months?
The club plan to hold some weekend events and social activities to keep the levels of interest up.
Words from CGI....
Spending time in the picturesque Beech Park Golf it was no surprise to see how successful this programme has been. Tricia's energy and passion was evident throughout the meeting. It was clear that this was a club effort from the PGA Professionals involvement, men's and women's sections, even down to some of the women in the bar and restaurant opting to try the game for themselves. One participant I met said:
"I have been around Golf Clubs for 20+ years but never tried it, now I see what all the fuss is about! Tricia was a fantastic lead and we are all grateful to all the effort she has put in, along with Zak and the other members. I would definitely be recommended golf and Beech Park Golf Club to my friends."
Want to get involved?
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