Kent Golf Newsletter – December 2017

Welcome to the Kent Club Support Newsletter for DecemberIn this month’s newsletter:

  • Guidance on Handicapping Changes
  • Encouraging Ethnic Diversity in Golf
  • England Golf 2018 Workshops Announced
  • Golf’s Hidden Heroes
  • Managers helping to shape Club Support

Guidance on Handicapping Changes
England Golf has produced two guidance documents to help clubs and players understand the changes to the CONGU handicapping system which come into effect on January 1st 2018.

The first is a set of FAQs which deal with a range of points on the main changes. The second is an information fact sheet which gives updated details on the changes.

The changes include:

  • The end of club and disability handicaps. These will be replaced by a new Category 5 for men and a new Category 6 for men and women, giving a maximum handicap of 54 for all golfers.
  • The introduction of 9-hole medal competition and 9-hole medal opens. For handicap purposes, the 9-hole medal scores will be converted to stableford points.

The new guidance documents can be viewed here >>

Encouraging Ethnic Diversity
England Golf are now offering new support to encourage more people from diverse ethnic communities to get involved in the game.

This is the result of a two – year project that took place in the Midlands, run by England Golf and supported by Mytime Active and Sporting Equals. The aim of the project was to discover how to involve more Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in golf.

The project successfully attracted 140 people from a range of backgrounds to take part in a six-week beginner course. Following this and with the support of Sporting Equals, a toolkit has been created to help clubs engage with local communities to grow the game.

To find out more about the project, click here >>

England Golf 2018 Workshops Announced
The next series of England Golf demand led workshops are now in the process of being arranged. These will cover three key areas of the business: recruitment and retention, food and beverage and digital marketing and social media. Booking for these workshops are now open.

Leatherhead Golf Club will host the South East Region workshop on Tuesday 27th March 2018
Follow the link below to find out more about the Recruitment and Retention workshop and how to book on, click here >>

Leatherhead Golf Club will also host a Digital Marketing & Social Media workshop on Tuesday 13th February 2018. For info on this workshop please click here. I expect the places allocated for this workshop to fill up very quickly so don’t wait too long if you’re interested in booking onto it.

The Food & Beverage workshop date and venue for the South East has yet been finalised but I will inform you when it has been as through conversations with you, I know many of you are keen to go on this.

Golf’s Hidden Heroes
England Golf are currently in the process of telling the stories of our wonderful volunteers, starting with Liz Haughton, the Junior Organiser at Greetham Valley Golf Club, Lincolnshire.

If you volunteer in golf we’d love to hear your story and what you have achieved. It will help us to develop our Volunteer Action Plan which will help shape the support we provide to volunteers, clubs and our partners.

You can get in touch by contacting Matt Bloor, England Golf Volunteer Manager, at

Find out more about how Liz has developed the junior section at Greetham Valley by clicking here >>

Managers helping to shape club support
Golf club managers from across the country are working with England Golf to help shape the business support it offers.

The new Club Managers’ Advisory Group provides an ear to the ground, offering feedback and opinions on the programmes and resources offered by England Golf.

To read more about the Managers’ Advisory Group, click here >>

As always, thank you for taking the time to read this month’s newsletter. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

I look forward to working with you at your respective clubs in the coming year.


Club Support Officer for Kent
England Golf

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