Golf Ireland have opened applications for the 2022 Get Into Golf programme, with clubs required to register before March 8.
Almost 100 clubs took part in 2021, with over 2,500 women participating in the programme which forms part of Golf Ireland’s Level Par Campaign.
Such has been the success of the programme, three in four women who took part last year have since joined their local golf clubs. Each participating club will receive support from Golf Ireland’s Development and Club Support Officer.
Any players who join the programme will get some Golf Ireland merchandise to start them on their golfing journey, with clubs’ affiliation fees being waived in year one for any participants that join their respective clubs after the programme.
Portadown’s Judith Spence began her golfing journey five years ago as part of the club’s Get Into Golf Programme. She helped organise the club’s most recent programme, which saw 78% of those taking part become club members.
“We had about 25 women who were members go out on the course each week, with those taking part in the programme. We got buy-in from those in the club which was excellent,” says Spence.
“Members donated balls, tees and markers to those starting off. It was all about making these women feel welcome and it worked!
“Plenty of the players played in our Winter League and have become a major part of our club. Last year’s Programme helped us break 100 female members which is brilliant.
“40% of those who took part were under 50 and most who took part had never lifted a club. We’re delighted to see them become part of our club’s community.”