An­chor man Dan’s on hand at Hall

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

BBC Football Fo­cus pre­sen­ter Dan Walker played a big part in pro­mot­ing the new QFair­way mem­ber­ship scheme in a busy day at Mottram Hall.

QHo­tels are the largest golf-re­sort op­er­a­tor and cur­rent AA Ho­tel Group of the Year and they pro­vided an in­sight into its golf oper­a­tions, which have more than dou­bles in the last year.

Se­lect mem­bers of the golf media and sport­ing guests in­clud­ing for­mer Eng­land cricket cap­tain Michael Vaughan and for­mer top soc­cer man­ager Brian Hor­ton, at­tended a su­perb day which in­cluded golf, din­ner and a Q and A ses­sion.

This was hosted by Dan and an­swer­ing the ques­tions were Vivien Sirotkin the di­rec­tor of ho­tel oper­a­tions and John An­gus the group di­rec­tor of golf who stressed QHo­tels’ drive to in­crease par­tic­i­pa­tion among ju­niors and fe­males.

Sirotkin said: “One of the big pushes for 2015/16 is to in­crease the num­ber of fe­male golfers.

“Lady golfers make up just six per cent of our mem­bers at the mo­ment, which is be­low the na­tional av­er­age and it is our in­ten­tion to raise that fig­ure.”

An­gus added:“In just a few months we have seen more than 1,000 new golfers take up the QFair­way mem­ber­ship and free ju­nior mem­ber­ships are avail­able to all chil­dren aged 15 and un­der pro­vid­ing that their par­ent or guardian also has adult mem­ber­ship at the same time.

“QGolf Academies will launch across all 11 re­sorts with a com­mit­ment to grow­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion lev­els par­tic­u­larly among ju­niors and fe­male golfers.

Dan Walker, him­self a keen golfer, said: “I wasn’t a mem­ber of a golf club for a long time as I couldn’t see the value when I didn’t have time to play enough.

“The QFair­way mem­ber­ship scheme ad­dresses those is­sues and gives golfers ac­cess to some tremen­dous cour­ses at the same time. “My maths isn’t mag­nif­i­cent but £375 for up to 50 rounds is what my dad would re­fer to as ‘good num­bers’.”

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