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Blogtober: Golf - four ways we can help grow the game
04 Oct

Many things have changed at Bryn Meadows since we established in 1973.  Firstly the golf course was built, however the business has expanded overtime to become so much more by adding on the hotel, leisure and spa facilities, the restaurant and event spaces.  Golf is still highly important to us and this has been shown with award recognitions such as Welsh Golf Club of the Year and becoming Wales’ largest junior golf academy

The focus over the last few years for the industry has been on growing the game.  Many long standing and famous golf clubs have had to close due to the change in customer demands.  This has not been helped by the stereotypes that still surround the sport.  It is still seen as an elitist hobby, for ‘old men’ who wear multi-coloured trousers and bad jumpers.  This simply is not the case. 

There is a lot more flexibility for golfers of all ages now.  Golf memberships have diversified.  Our junior members are given support to continue paying for membership once they become an adult, whereas previously it was a massive revenue jump and maintain their membership discounts.  Those who work shifts or do not want to play in competitions are given the opportunity to pay and play green fees, and fair weather players can use the indoor putting studio or golf simulator to practice and play. 

The emphasis on welcoming ladies has also been at the forefront of our minds.  Weekly coaching and individual lessons are available to give beginners and improvers the confidence to stand on the tee on the championship golf course.  This has been helped by the appointment of our two female professionals Katy Edwards and Tasha Gobey, both young and passionate about the sport, alongside our Head of Golf Development, David Pocock. 

Here is how we think golf lovers can help grow the game:

1. Social media

This is a fantastic tool for showing off the facilities in a fun way.  We often share your pictures shared on our Twitter and Instagram.  We love to see your funny videos, team pictures or even when you are out practicing.  We also use it to share our latest offers, hints and tips from our Pro’s, or even course reviews. 

2. You are welcome

You do not need to be a member to play our golf course.  If you are part of a golf society or are in the area you are more than welcome to book a tee time.  We also welcome corporate days and charity fundraisers too, with different packages available. 

3. Juniors

Weekly coaching is available from £20 a month from ages 3 plus.  This includes one dedicated lesson a week, during term time and the option to attend another 2 lessons a week.  Plus the junior golfers can use the golf simulator once a month, get all their pins, books and certificates, get a monthly golf fitness test and discounted individual lessons. The first group golf lesson is free too.

We also have a free golf skills package for local schools to introduce them to the sport.  For much younger players, child friendly golf clubs, balls and challenges are used to inspire them.  Please get in contact if you would like further information.

4. Girls and ladies

It is our mission to introduce more girls and ladies to the sport, and help them get over the barriers that may stop them from starting.  We would love to see more ladies join our ever growing beginners and improvers groups and to help with this the first session is always free.  Weekly ladies lessons are on Thursdays at 6.30pm (beginners) or 7.30pm (intermediate) and on Sundays at12pm (beginners).  Girls only lessons are on Sundays at 2pm.

For more information on any of our Golf services the team can be contacted on 01495 221905 or pro-shop@brynmeadows.co.uk

We are taking part in #Blogtober which means we will be posting a different news article every day.  The challenge is to create new and exciting content for you to read throughout October.

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