Thanks to a financial grant from the Western Australian Golf Foundation (WAGF), the Margaret River Golf Club will launch a specialised program aimed at introducing the game of golf to women who are new to the game.
Community Golf Instructor Mike Skivinis said the program was ideal for women who had never played before or who had never been a member of a golf club.
“We’re just trying to establish a fun and non confrontational environment for beginners, especially women, to come down and learn the game of golf,” he said.
“Anyone who’s really interested in the game and hasn’t had a chance to come down and see what we do here, it’s a great way to learn.
The WGAF grant has allowed the club to purchase six sets of women’s golf clubs to allow the program to commence this Friday, May 5.
The program will be based on the same format that has guided the successful children’s golf program which has been running at the club for over two years.
Sessions will be conducted under the watchful eye of Mr Skivinis, who has also been responsible for conducting the children’s golf program with the assistance of club volunteers.
The free Women’s Introduction To Golf program will be conducted on Friday afternoons throughout semester two and three of the school terms at the golf club between 1.30 and 2.30pm, and will cover all aspects of the game of golf.
The instructional sessions will cover the various skills required for golf, utilising the practice facilities at the club, and will also cover practical skills required on the golf course.
The sessions will be run for no cost to participants and club manager Josette van Kalmthout said she hoped program attendees would feel inspired to become club members.
We’re just trying to establish a fun and non confrontational environment for beginners, especially women, to come down and learn the game of golf.Mike Skivinis, Margaret River Golf Club
“I think there has been a sort of misunderstanding that golf clubs from history were a kind of elite sport,” Ms van Kalmthout said.
“We are really not that, we are open for everybody, it’s not just a ‘rich club’.
“It’s a great way to socialise, keep fit, walk around the course with your best mate and have a chat about what’s happened in the week, while you’re playing a game of golf.”
Women interested in attending the Friday afternoon sessions are encouraged to contact the golf club on 9757 2197 to confirm their attendance.
Margaret River Golf Club Open Day
To celebrate their recent award for Best Regional Golf Course in Western Australia, the Margaret River Golf Club will host an Open Day this Sunday May 5 from 3pm to 5pm.
The Open Day will offer a personalised tour of the golf club and all facilities, the chance to hit some balls, meet the members, have a drink and enjoy a free sausage sizzle.
The day is aimed at adults who are interested in the game of golf and would like to check out the course to find out what it is all about.
For enquiries regarding the Open Day please ring the club 9757 2197 or Dave Noske 0488 170 892.
The popular junior golf program has recommenced at the club this week after school holiday break and will welcome the younger members of the club back to the course to begin sessions again.