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New Membership Innovations At Prudhoe Golf Club
19th March 2012

With waiting lists & joining fees largely a luxury of the past, the 21 st century golf club has to be highly innovative in order to protect its membership base & revenues. Those innovations also need to extend to top quality facilities & service, both on & off the course.

Despite its established popularity & reputation as the Home of Champions, Prudhoe golf club has to work just as hard as other clubs to hold its own in a highly competitive marketplace. It already offers one of the most competitively priced & flexible membership packages in the North East. But, for 2012, the club has added a number of new innovations to attract golfers of all ages & abilities.

Will Unwin driving at the Par 5 Ninth Hole at Prudhoe

For those new to golf, or those looking for a new challenge, there's a three month taster membership available. Costing just £150 for full membership, golfers can join at any time during the year. Then, if they decide to stay on, they just pay for the remaining portion of the year.

Next, and exclusively for new lady members, there is the Play Golf Development Programme which provides a 25% discount on membership fees. From April, a lady will be able to join for only £290 or £210 if she is classified as a veteran. Also included are two free coaching sessions with the professional, John Crawford. To develop the Programme, the club is working closely with England Golf's Jason Budd.

For over 60 years, the club has gained an enviable reputation for developing young players of the highest quality at League, County, National & Professional level. Andy Scrimshaw & Dan Shevill have recently joined the pro ranks whilst Tom Rowland is now part of the England squad. But it is important to maintain that momentum.

So, for 16 to 18 year olds joining in April, the first year fee has been reduced from £110 to only £70. And those under 16 will be able to join for even less. Starting in May, the Golf Roots programme will be incorporated into the professional's Saturday morning junior coaching sessions. And a final submission for Golf Mark accreditation is currently being reviewed.

Meanwhile, working with the Northumberland County Golf Partnership & supported by England Golf, Prudhoe is kick starting a Get Into Golf programme for over 16 year olds. With six free one hour golf lessons on offer, the programme starts in April and runs for 6 weeks.

Finally, the already well-established Tyne Valley Golf Alliance has been extended to include Consett who now join Allendale, Garesfield, Prudhoe, Ryton, Stocksfield & Tynedale. Haltwhistle have also been invited. For full & intermediate members, 10 free rounds of golf are available at the participating clubs worth in the order of £170! In addition, all the Alliance clubs are looking at collaborating on cost efficiencies including items such as printing, utilities, insurance & credit cards.

Club Chairman, John Perry, believes that the outlook is positive & said, "When you combine these new initiatives with what we already provide, I'm sure we offer the best value for money golf available for golfers of any age, gender or ability. Remember, we already have our Pay As You Play option available & there are substantial discounts on fees right up to the age of 30."

"On the course, there is a packed programme of club & open competitions throughout the year whilst in the clubhouse there is an equally busy programme of entertainment & catering. We continue to invest in our fine course & clubhouse & have recently created an additional par 5 at the 9 th measuring some 500 yards & playing uphill into the prevailing wind. Members & guest golfers will use the new hole primarily for social golf."

"Golf at Prudhoe is arguably the most affordable for any class of golfer & the Tyne Valley Alliance benefits reduce that even further. For non-golfers, social membership costs no more than £12 a year too. Flexible affordable membership, a great course & an excellent clubhouse topped off by our famous warm welcome - what more could any golfer possibly want?"


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