Kent Club Support Newsletter – May 2018

Welcome to a packed club support newsletter for May. As ever if you need any assistance with anything, please just get in touch.

It was fantastic to see so many clubs represented at the World Handicapping System workshops last Thursday 3 May at West Malling GC. Over the two sessions, we had attendees representing nearly 70 of our clubs, which is brilliant.

Gemma Hunter, Handicapping & Course Rating Lead at England Golf, delivered two very well received presentations. They detailed some of the headline information and changes about the new World Handicapping System and how it will affect those in golf.

There is more information on the England Golf website and also on the Kent Golf Union & Association websites.

In this month’s club support newsletter:

  • Kent Golf Union Breakfast Meetings
  • Could you be your Club Delegate?
  • #GirlsGolfRocks on ‘Taster Session Weekend’
  • R&A Rules of Golf Videos – share these with your members!
  • Golf… that’s a game for middle aged men in plaid trousers, right?
  • How well does your club really understand your members and visitors?

Kent Golf Union Breakfast Meetings
Over the course of the next three months, the Kent Golf Union are rolling out a series of informal Breakfast Meetings at venues across the county. These sessions will give Club Managers and Owners the opportunity to speak with the KGU Secretary, Sarah McDonald and also KGU Directors and Board Members.

If you’d like to find out more information about these meetings, please contact Sarah McDonald via

Could you be your Club Delegate?
Or do you know just the right person who could be? The KGU are aiming to recruit a male club delegate for every affiliated club in the county, similar to the women’s system which works well.

The proposed plan is to have a club delegate for every club. These people will be responsible information about KGU events, competitions and news, improving communication with the club’s wider membership.

Click the following link to find out more:

#GirlsGolfRocks on ‘Taster Session Weekend’
Girls Golf Rocks is a joint initiative, delivered in partnership by the Kent Ladies Golf Association, England Golf and The Golf Foundation. The ‘Taster Session Weekend’ run at the end of April saw over 60 girls get introduced to Golf at four venues across the county.

During these free taster sessions, the girls were helped by ambassadors from the Kent under 18 girls team, who kindly volunteered their time in order to help grow the game.

Participants were then encouraged to sign up to a 5-week beginner course culminating in a par 3 fun day scheduled for the beginning of June.

It was great to see so many girls enjoying their first experience of Golf! A huge thank you to those involved who have helped deliver such a successful initiative.

R&A Rules of Golf Videos – share these with your members!
With the upcoming rules changes, the R&A have released a series of videos highlighting the changes. These are short clips and easily digestable. You may wish to add these to member newsletters in the coming months.

Golf… That’s a game for middle aged men in plaid trousers, right?
Wrong! Golf is a great game for everyone. It’s fun, gets you fit, reduces stress and offer full lungs of fresh air!

England Golf’s Get into Golf Campaign for 2018 is tackling negative perceptions head on. With Get into Golf, we aim to inspire more people to give it a go by offering low-cost or free beginner activities at clubs across England.

If you’re interested in finding out more and about how to get involved with the Get into golf campaign, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

How well does your club really understand your members and visitors?
Knowing your customers is vital to the long-term success and growth of your club. Knowledge is power and having a greater understanding will help your club develop and thrive by increasing customer satisfaction and creating new members.

59Club and Players 1st are both industry specialists in customer service and are Preferred Partners of England Golf. Their online platforms provide clubs with the ability to gain tangible feedback from members, visitors, leavers etc.

Please contact me or visit the links below for more information.

Thanks for reading. If you have any questions about any of the information contained within this newsletter, or you would like any support at your club, please just contact me and I’ll be more than happy to help.

Charles Molony

Club Support Officer for Kent
England Golf

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