Golf in the community

Durham City Golf Club is reaching out to its community with a new project to increase the number of young people and families taking part in the sport.

The club has received GolfParc equipment to take the game out to local people and show them that golf is fun and open to all.

The equipment can transform a wide range of recreational spaces – such as leisure centres, parks, school halls and playgrounds – into small, fun golf courses for family play, learning and community competitions. 

Tom Cranfield, the club’s head professional, said: “This will enhance all our starter group coaching at the club, and when we reach out to schools and local disability groups.”

This is the first of a number of pilot schemes being run by England Golf and supported by Factory Eleven, the Yorkshire-based sports business which supplies the equipment. The pilots are taking place in four counties – Durham, Cheshire, Somerset and Shropshire, and Herefordshire. 

Mike Greener, England Golf’s club support officer for Durham, added: “It’s vital that golf clubs have the opportunity to develop and grow. GolfParc is a fun and interactive way to increase participation and club membership.”

Lee Dolby, England Golf’s national young people manager, added: “Some people assume that the only place you can play golf is at a golf club, but with GolfParc the course can come to you. By supporting clubs like Durham City we hope to engage more young people and families in activity, and show them how accessible golf can be.”