Open venue to become child friendly30th October, 2012 by Rebecca Haydock
One of the most famous golf clubs in the world is set to embark on a major drive to encourage children to play golf.
Royal Troon Golf Club, which will host the 2016 Open Championship, has joined forces with the Scottish programme ClubGolf, which encourages junior golfers to play the game.
This follows the appointment of Kieron Stevenson as the club’s head professional, the man who developed one of the largest junior coaching programmes in the UK at Murrayfield Golf Club.
Stevenson said: “What we want to achieve is to get more kids in the area playing golf. If you can get a thriving junior section then these are your future members, that is what will keep your club going year after year.
“Juniors are the future of the game yet there’s not a huge amount of junior coaching done in Troon. I believe that in doing so we will create lots of opportunities to get kids into the game.”
Royal Troon will begin a ClubGolf programme that will target P5 children and will use a combination of Royal Troon’s practice ground and local school sports’ grounds, to provide affordable coaching from next spring. Children will be coached by four of the club’s professionals.
The Ayrshire club’s involvement with golfing in the local community follows on from its coaching team’s involvement during the summer, when it gave lessons to 120 primary children during the Amateur Championship.