GolfMark is a national scheme that identifies and recognises junior and beginner friendly golf facilities. Any golf club affiliated to the EGU/EWGA may apply to gain the GolfMark award.
The three key areas within the golf club which are assessed are:
Coaching & Playing
Club Environment (including sports equity & ethics)
Child Protection & Duty of Care
Once accredited clubs can apply for a coaching grant from the English Golf Union/ English Women's Golf Association to offer free taster sessions. These are normally run at the beginning of the season.
Some key Statistics from a recent GolfMark survey to accredited golf clubs:
57% Have experienced an increased awareness/recognition of their facility in the local community
65% have received recognition and support from current members/different sections of the club's membership
51% have experienced an increase in membership
85% have accessed funding/grants since achieving the award
Once a golf club is awarded GolfMark, they will also be recognised by Sport England as a Clubmark facility - click here for further information on Clubmark.
The role of driving ranges is fundamental to golf development in England and clearly they are the starting point for the majority of newcomers to this great game, providing a variety of coaching and practice opportunities.
RangeMark has been created to recognise those stand-alone ranges that are at the forefront of developing the game and this initiative has been developed and refined ‘by golf ranges for golf ranges’. A similar process to GolfMark, the Range is assessed on the three key areas as outlined above.
In Cumbria we have 13 accredited GolfMark clubs :
Appleby Golf Club www.applebygolfclub.co.uk
Carus Green Golf Club and Driving Range www.carusgreen.co.uk
Eden Golf Club & Driving Range www.edengolf.co.uk
Kendal Golf Club www.kendalgolfclub.co.uk
Keswick Golf Club www.keswickgolfclub.com
Furness Golf Club www.furnessgolfclub.co.uk
Windermere Golf Club www.windermeregolfclub.co.uk
Silecroft Golf Club www.silecroftgolfclub.co.uk
Barrow Golf Club www.barrowgolfclub.co.uk
Ulverston Golf Club www.ulverstongolf.co.uk
Silloth-on-Solway Golf Club www.sillothgolfclub.co.uk
Stoney Holme Golf Club www.stoneyholmegolfclub.co.uk
Workington Golf Club www.workingtongolfclub.com
And a further 5 clubs are working towards accreditation:
Sedbergh Golf Club
Dunnerholme Golf Club
Bentham Golf Club
Carlisle Golf Club
Penrith Golf Club
There are currently two driving ranges working towards RangeMark accreditation :
Penrith Golf Centre & Driving Range
Carlisle Driving Range