About the Development Group
The Hertfordshire Development Group is represented by various partners who support the 63 clubs in the county. These partners are England Golf, Golf Foundation, PGA (Professional Golf Association), and Hertfordshire Sports Partnership all working with Volunteers with the primary objective of growing the game of golf across the county of Hertfordshire and ensuring that there is a pathway available to any person, regardless of age, gender, background or ability, that wishes to participate in this fantastic game.
The Development Group’s responsibilities and goals
- To promote the game of golf and increase people’s awareness.
- To introduce more people to golf regardless of age, gender, ability or background.
- To provide opportunities for people to sustain their involvement and regularly participate.
- To educate people on the rules and etiquette of the game.
- To try to make it easier for people to join a golf club by improving accessibility and affordability.
- To undertake the training and support of volunteers and coaches.
- To establish a repository of standards and good practice.
- To support the development of golfing talent by working with the appropriate bodies.
How do we achieve our goals?
The Development Group have targeted initiatives each year that see the growth of the game in the county. Examples of these include:
- Women on Par events, which was pioneered by the group in 2016, has since become an England Golf case study and retention initiative, now rolled out nationally.
- Girls FREE taster sessions which enable girls the opportunity to try golf for the first time, supported by County Squad member Ambassadors, the girls will sign up for 6 weekly sessions
- Pro Challenge is a mixed adult initiative encouraging Professionals to enter a team of 4 beginners they currently coach, to compete on a Par 3 course against other teams.
- Golf Foundation’s GolfSixes League sees six Hertfordshire golf clubs with teams of 6 players, playing in a Texas Scramble format at the six venues. This league follows the very successful GolfSixes Professional tournament held at Centurion Golf Club in May since 2017.
- Hertfordshire Sports Partnership initiatives, such as Year of Physical Activity, support the clubs to grow the game through their own club activities.
- Community Activity - Guides and Scouts are one of the targeted audiences where the group support PGA Professionals and clubs to run taster sessions at various uniform groups with the aim of encouraging the participants into regular golf activity.
- Community Activity – Disability has always been very strong within Hertfordshire with an average of 3 opportunity projects, from schools to adult care homes, supported each year.
Golf Development Group Activities 2019
County Development Presentation
Porters Park Golf Club 22nd May 2019 - Introduction to Golf Access
Welwyn Garden City Golf Club 23rd May 2019 - Introduction to Golf Access
Golf Access is a new programme which supports beginners into membership at golf clubs. https://www.golfaccess.co.uk/ for more information
Women on Par Events
South Herts Golf Club - 28th July 2019
Mill Green Golf Club - 11th August 2019
Redbourn Golf Club - 27th October 2019
Our office is located at the Herts Golf Ltd office at Chesfield Downs Golf Club
Jacks Hill, Graveley, Herts, SG4 7EQ. Tel. 08081 682333.