Golf club introduces new ‘pathway’ for beginners and intermediates

Staff and management at High Legh Park Golf Club are always looking for new ways to introduce the sport to a new generation of golfers and their efforts have attracted the attention of some of the sport’s most influential bodies, including England Golf.

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Major players, including American Golf, Europe’s largest golf retailer; The Lee Westwood Golf School and an array of top European Tour coaches are now based at the Knutsford club.

It has just been announced that a new ‘player pathway’ is being introduced to provide a clear and enjoyable route for new and intermediate golfers to progress in the sport.

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The key to the new scheme is the array of facilities at players’ disposal, including the state of the art facilities of the American Golf National Academy; a 6-hole short course, a 9-hole Academy course and the 18-hole Championship course.

This gives golfers a clear pathway from beginner through to becoming an accomplished golfer, using facilities designed to accommodate every individual’s developing level of play.

The club is now refining its membership to reflect this pathway.

Included within the initiative are: –

  • Allowing golfers complimentary use of the 6-hole course, with clubs included if required, free of charge, to experience the joys of the sport.
  • Youngsters under the age of 11 will be eligible to membership, free of charge, when accompanied by an adult member.
  • A reduction in the 9-hole membership fee for adults to just £468 per annum.
  • Provision of low cost group lessons by PGA qualified tutors.

The 9-hole membership provides great value for a course that boasts USGA quality greens and some of the most idyllic holes in Cheshire.

The new structure will include being able to obtain a new type of club handicap for the 9-hole course, enabling beginners / intermediate players to enjoy weekly competitions in the same way that more accomplished players are able to enjoy.

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The clubs managing director, Andrew Vaughan, commented: “When Vaughan Leisure acquired High Legh Park, some 6 years ago, our vision was always to provide a unique, friendly atmosphere with superb facilities for all levels of golfers to enjoy.

As a novice golfer myself, not so long ago I realised the need to provide bespoke facilities which allow new and often nervous golfers to enter the sport and receive the support they need to reach a level where they can enjoy playing regularly.

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The 9-hole membership and the new club handicap system, will allow players with a handicap of up to 54 (rather than 28 for men and 36 for ladies adopted at most clubs) to play in 9-hole competitions designed for their level of play.

This enables all members to meet and enjoy playing with like-minded people and to develop friendships and a camaraderie that is such an important part of the sport.”

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Anyone interested in learning more about the new initiative is more than welcome to call into the club or telephone High Legh Park’s director of golf, Gavin Beddow, on 01565 830888.

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