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Golf development conference is 'huge' success

14th February 2014

Over 50 golf clubs from across Devon and Cornwall, represented by 120 delegates, attended a development conference to focus on growing the game in the counties.

The Golf Development Conference at Boringdon Park Golf Club, on the edge of Plymouth, was organised by the Devon and Cornwall Golf Partnerships - and was hailed a huge success.

Simon Wood, the Cornwall Development Officer, commented: "It was a fantastic event which shared information about successful initiatives. I am sure our delegates all took some great ideas back to their clubs and will be looking forward to encouraging even more people to get into golf."

The keynote speaker on the day was PGA Master Professional Alan Walker, who spoke about taking a club from administration in 2010 to GolfMark Club of the Year in 2013, and how they managed to grow the adult membership from 220 to over 600 in three years.

Andy Mellor, secretary/manager at St Austell Golf Club, the Cornwall GolfMark Club of the Year, talked about how GolfMark had increased membership for all categories of player at their club.  Ali James, golf manager from Cumberwell Park Golf Club, discussed the factors and opportunities to consider when implementing a flexible golf membership.

Ian Baker from Bramshaw Golf Club shared good practice, whilst Dee Wood, the Dorset County Development Officer, discussed the successful implementation of the Dorset Ladies Tour for beginner golfers.

Other guest speakers included England Golf's Richard Flint and Jamie Woodford, who discussed the national context and Golf Mark respectively, while the Golf Foundation's Mark Boscott highlighted the opportunities for clubs and professionals to attract junior golfers with the new Junior Golf Passport and to create school/club links.

The conference concluded with the Devon and Cornwall County Development Officers, Paul Cloke and Simon Wood, who summarised the forthcoming Get into golf projects for 2014. Get into golf is a national campaign which inspires adults to take up the game with low-cost coaching opportunities. It is run by the England Golf Partnership through its network of County Golf Partnerships.

For more information about the Cornwall Golf Partnership visit ; for the Devon Golf Partnership visit For more information about Get into golf and to find out about tasters and low-cost coaching opportunities visit

For further details please contact:

Simon Wood
Cornwall Golf Development Officer
07971 624313

Paul Cloke
Devon County Development Officer
Tel: 07909 940049

Notes for Readers:-
England Golf is the governing body for amateur golf in England.
England Golf was formed on 1st January 2012 following the merger of the English Golf Union Ltd. and the English Women's Golf Association and is one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 770,000 men and women club members.

Responsible for the training of the country's top amateur golfers, England Golf also organises all the major English amateur championships. England Golf works to actively encourage new golfers and increase the continued interest and participation in golf through its golf development initiative 'Get into Golf'.

England Golf is a member of The England Golf Partnership (EGP) together with the PGA and supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. Their Whole Sport Plan for golf identifies how England will achieve its vision of becoming 'The Leading Golf Nation in the World by 2020' from grass roots right through to elite level.

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