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Dorset's novice golf tour is set to grow
31st October 2013

Dorset's novice golf tour is set to grow

Members of Dorset's ladies' golf tour are pictured at one of their events.

A golf ‘tour' launched to encourage new women players in Dorset has proved so successful that it's being expanded to include mixed events to attract men.

The ladies' tour was started at the beginning of the year by Dee Wood, the County Development Officer for the Dorset Golf Partnership. She wanted to encourage women novices who had taken low-cost group lessons, sponsored by the Partnership as part of the nationwide campaign to inspire people to Get into golf.

Since then, almost 100 women have taken part in the regular nine-hole events on par-three and academy courses across the county. Over 30 have already joined Dorset golf clubs, at least half a dozen have got their first handicaps – and three have had holes-in-one!

Now, it's the turn of the men. Dee is organising additional mixed events to involve male beginners, with the first one taking place over 18 holes at Ferndown Forest Golf Club on November 30th.

“I'm getting lots of feedback from the ladies who took beginner lessons with their husbands or partners, saying that the men haven't had the benefit of the tour. So I'm organising some mixed events to appeal to men who haven't played before or who haven't played for a while,” said Dee.

“I hope it will be as successful as the ladies' tour!” she added.

The tour proved to be a natural step forward from the Get into golf lessons and it introduced the newcomers to each other, to members of clubs across the county and to Dorset's courses.

“It's been a good experience,” said Caroline Watts who, together with her sister-in-law, has just joined Canford Magna Golf Club to have more opportunity to play and practice. “It's a great day out and we meet lots of people - I've been surprised by how sociable golf is.”

Chris Cole, who took up golf with her next-door neighbour and now plays twice a week, added: “It's a good way to meet other people at our level and to visit lots of golf clubs.

“We've learned about the rules of golf by playing with members of clubs – and it gives you confidence when you see that even people who know how to play can still top the ball!”

There's been another bonus from the tour. Dee charges each player £10 per event, with half going to the club and half to support junior golf in the county.

For more information about the Dorset tour, or to book on the first mixed event, contact Dee Wood on

For more information about the Dorset Golf Partnership, which works to grow the game, visit

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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