Olympics’ spectators try golf in Weymouth8th August, 2012 by Tania Longmire
Thousands of people watching the sailing events at the Olympics have tried golf for the first time.
Several English county golf partnerships joined forces under the ‘Get into golf’ campaign and ran a stand featuring a simulator, putting challenges, inflatable nets and Tri-golf targets for three days at Olympic Live in Weymouth, and several thousand visitors used the opportunity to try the game.
“It was amazing,” said organiser Dee Wood of the Dorset Golf Partnership, who had to draft in extra volunteers after the first day.
“There were 16,000 visitors to the site during the three days we were there and it seemed as though every one of them wanted to try golf. We were non-stop from 10am to 6pm.
“It was a fantastic success and just couldn’t have gone better. The Olympics is creating so much interest in sport and it looks as though golf will really benefit.”
Dorset was joined by the Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall county partnerships in running the stand.
Visitors were also given information about follow-on coaching opportunities at local clubs and details about the Get into golf website, which aims to inspire people to take up golf and lists taster sessions and coaching opportunities across the country.
Golf will be an Olympics event at the 2016 games.