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Penrith Golf Club Awarded GolfMark

June 12, 2015

PENRITH Golf Club is the first in The North Region Covering Cumbria, Northumberland and Durham to be presented with a new national award that recognises clubs that are helping grow the sport.

GolfMark is awarded to clubs that demonstrate hard work and dedication to bringing new players into the sport as well as sustaining and developing their offer for members.

The commendation has been developed by England Golf and helps clubs achieve high standards in four key areas – recruitment and retention; management and sustainability; coaching and competition; and safeguarding juniors.

GolfMark serves as a signal to would-be players that a club offers the perfect environment to take up the sport and enjoy its health and social benefits as well as the potential to go on and take up club membership.

Clubs achieving GolfMark can enjoy a number of benefits of their own – including increased membership, raising the club’s profile, development plans for coaches and volunteers as well as greater access to funding.

The GolfMark award is a significant achievement for the club and especially poignant as it has been awarded in the 125th year of the club.  The club was established in 1890 on the site of a former racecourse and was first known as the Inglewood Golf Club before changing its name to Penrith Golf Club in 1901.

The award itself signifies some tremendous work behind the scenes by both staff and many volunteers who give up their time to help the club improve and develop.  The course and its reputation is also growing and the Green staff team have done a superb job in carrying out many recent improvements.  There are also first class practice facilities at the club.

The decision to commence the GolfMark application was taken at the end of 2014 and a small group of members from across all sections of the club was established under the chairmanship of Phil Park, MBE, past Captain.  Whilst it was realised that there was a significant amount of work involved there was a great deal of enthusiasm to showcase the excellent work taking place at the club.  

Phil said  “I am so pleased that the club has been successful as the award pays tribute to the dedicated work of so many staff and volunteers who give up their own time.  It has also identified areas where further improvements could be made and this will be part of the work going forward”

Joe Grinbergs, Chairman of the club said “I am extremely pleased that the club has attained this award.  It shows that the club is well placed for the future and it is gratifying that it has come in the 125th year of the club.  All sections of the club have contributed to this recognition”. 

The award will be proudly displayed at the club and will provide members with the assurance that it is being run in a professional business-like manner while also giving parents the reassurance that the needs and safety of children have been thoroughly considered. 

Becky Underwood, Development Officer for the Cumbria Golf Development Group, said: “I would like to congratulate Penrith on this well-deserved award for all the hard work they have put into helping the sport grow and attracting would-be players and members of all ages.

“This demonstrates the club's commitment to encouraging and creating opportunities for people to participate and enjoy the game of golf. All those involved in reaching this achievement deserve a vote of thanks.”

If you wouldlike more information about GolfMark in Cumbria please contact becky.underwood@cumbria.gov.uk