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First RangeMark award in Cheshire
15th June 2012


Tony Davies from Moreton Hills Golf Centre (left) receives the RangeMark award from Craig Thomas, county development officer for the Cheshire County Golf Partnership

A golf centre started by one of the driving forces behind golf development in Cheshire has received national recognition for its beginner and child friendly approach.

Moreton Hills golf centre was launched 25 years ago by the late Chris Gill, who lost his battle against cancer in 2009 after spending years working tirelessly to introduce the sport to as many people as possible.

His legacy lives on at the driving range in Tarran Way South on the Wirral, where PGA professional Tony Davies and the team make it as easy as possible for people of all ages to give golf a go.

Now their efforts have been recognised with the award of RangeMark - a national accreditation for driving ranges at the forefront of developing the game of golf.

The centre offers taster sessions both on a group or individual basis, while the full range of facilities on site allows all aspects of the game to be developed and practised.

Moreton Hills has a 30-bay driving range, large putting green, short game and bunker practice area and six hole golf course designed by the former European and Seniors Tour professional John Morgan of Royal Liverpool GC.

Says Tony Davies: "We have the flexibility to be able to offer anyone interested in trying golf or developing their game a welcoming environment and the right facilities to do so.

"We are delighted to be awarded RangeMark as it shows we have the correct duty of care policies and teaching structures in place to offer people an ideal introduction to the sport.

"Anyone interested in trying the sport should find something to suit them at Moreton Hills - we hold taster sessions every weekend for juniors but anyone can just ring up and arrange to come down to give golf a go, either on their own or in a group.

"By making the game as open and accessible as possible, we are continuing the work of Chris Gill, which helped inspire so many people to take up the sport."

Chris Gill was awarded the Burroughs Award from the Golf Foundation in 2007 for his work in helping more people into golf as part of a special project around the Open Championship's return to Royal Liverpool six years ago.

The spirit of his work continues through the Chris Gill Foundation, which seeks out golfing talent as well as offering free taster sessions.

Moreton Hills is the first driving range in Cheshire to receive RangeMark.

The centre has built links with Leasowe Golf Club for those who are interested in taking their golf further by joining a club.

Further details of activities at the centre can be found at or by ringing 0151 677 6606.

Says Craig Thomas, county development officer for the Cheshire County Golf Partnership: "Driving ranges play an important role in encouraging people into the sport. Often it is the place where people swing a golf club for the first time.

"Chris Gill was an inspirational figure both to the would-be golfers he encouraged into the sport and those involved in development work. It is fitting that his memory should be honoured in the continuing excellent work at the Moreton Hills Golf centre.

"Tony Davies and the team have put in a tremendous amount of hard work to meet the stringent requirements of this award and the centre has a lot to offer for anyone looking to get started in the sport."

RangeMark is a national scheme that incorporates ClubMark and recognises junior and beginner friendly golf facilities that focus on Coaching and Playing, Club Environment and Child Protection, and Duty of Care, all of which are extremely important to parents and children alike.

RangeMark is an initiative jointly provided by the EGU and EWGA via the England Golf Partnership's 'Whole Sport Plan' for golf and is an integral part of the England Golf Partnership's vision to 'Grow the Game'.

The England Golf Partnership is a collaboration of a number of stakeholders in the sport including England Golf - the new organisation formed by the merger of the English Golf Union and The English Women's Golf Association - the PGA, the Golf Foundation and Sport England.

In Cheshire the partnership is supported by the Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs, the Cheshire County Ladies Golf Association and the Cheshire and North Wales PGA.

For more details of the activities in Cheshire visit

For more information on the work of the Cheshire Golf Partnership contact Craig Thomas, County Development Officer, Cheshire County Golf Partnership.


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