BAYVIEW puts women at the fore
hANdS up ladies if you have ever felt less than welcome on the golf course. It’s a hard fact, but even in this day and age many women golfers report that the golf course is still a man’s world.
And it isn’t helped by inflexible club rules and old-fashioned policies that can make women feel excluded – playing restrictions on a Saturday, for example. But there are some bright stars on the horizon. Take Bayview golf Club on Sydney’s northern beaches: “We’ve been an equal opportunity club for years,” explained marketing manager, Christine Clarke, herself a Bayview member for more than 35 years. “Membership at Bayview is flexible and equal,” she added. “Ladies are welcome every day and can play any time on Saturday in the comp with men or women.”
Bayview’s impressive all-inclusive policies extend right throughout the club, from its two female board members and an almost wholly female admin team, through to a strong contingent of women players. “We are currently in the 2nd division for gRADE, there is also a weekend ladies pennant team and several teams during the week days enjoying interclub competitions at all levels.” says Christine
Bayview President David Sparks added: “At Bayview we have long recognized the key role women and juniors play in helping maintain the strength of our club. We focus on the most flexible membership options while fostering a warm and welcoming atmosphere for everyone, every day of the week. We want our women golfers to get the most out of the game we all love.”
The warm welcome extends to new golfers, with experienced lady pro Jenny Schulenburg teaming up with head pro Neil Rolfe to run intensive beginner clinics, as well as the popular Swing into golf ladies program.
President David Sparks and Christine agree that equality pays off, with the number of women enjoying the Saturday comp on the up and up. “We’ve now got a growing number of regular players – up to 30 business women and junior girls who just can’t get to golf during the week. The great advantage of choosing a tee time that suits their weekend is ideal for everyone in today’s busy world!”
SPECIAL OFFER FOR LADIES gOLF READERS: Experience the warm welcome at Bayview golf Club, 1825 Pittwater Rd Mona Vale, for yourself. Save up to $246 off your membership – with no joining fee – by contacting Christine Clarke on 9999 3786 or market[email protected]golfclub.com.au and mentioning this article.