GIVE SOME­ONE THE GOLF BUG

Golf Australia - - AROUND THE TRAPS -

GOLF is fun, we all know that. But not ev­ery­one has the golf bug.

Which is why this month is ded­i­cated to golf and has been aptly named, Golf Month, which will hope­fully see thou­sands of new­com­ers ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing we all love.

Through­out Golf Month, clubs and fa­cil­i­ties all around Aus­tralia will be run­ning ac­tiv­i­ties to help grow the sport. These wel­com­ing, so­cial, fun and in­clu­sive ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude: ‘come and try’ golf ses­sions, open days, galas, twi­light events, and op­por­tu­ni­ties to try shorter and in­no­va­tive new for­mats of the game, such as three-, six- and nine-hole events, big hole golf, foot­golf and night golf.

Golf Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Pitt urged all clubs and golfers to help at­tract the sport’s next gen­er­a­tion. “Peo­ple love our great game for so many dif­fer­ent rea­sons and our best ad­vo­cates – Aus­tralia’s golfers – revel in the chance to share their pas­sion,” he said. “If their en­thu­si­asm can be demon­strated to a po­ten­tial new­comer, then we’re sure they’ll get the golf bug too.

“The diver­sity of golf ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer in Oc­to­ber will ex­tend to new for­mats of the game such as speed­golf, foot­golf, disc golf and big hole golf – and we en­cour­age peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence golf in these in­no­va­tive ways.”

If your club hasn’t signed up to host an open day or ac­tiv­ity dur­ing Golf Month, then your club is miss­ing out. For ex­am­ple, one club hosted a come and try day dur­ing Golf Month last year – of­fer­ing a range of gol­fre­lated ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing SNAG golf for kids as well as coach­ing and swing anal­y­sis – and more than 300 peo­ple turned up to the club. An­other club hosted a ‘give golf a go’ event – 11 new golfers played and six signed up for mem­ber­ships the next day.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Golf Month, par­tic­i­pat­ing clubs in your area and how to get in­volved, visit www.golf.org.au/golf­month

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