Club offers children free membership27th November, 2013 by Alistair Dunsmuir
Waterstock Golf Club in Oxfordshire has uniquely offered nine children with special needs free membership for a year.
The offer has come about also partly thanks to a donation from the One Arm Golfing Society, which gave the money to the BB&O Golf Partnership, which works to grow the game in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
The BB&O Golf Partnership had organised teaching sessions at Waterstock’s pioneering ‘Feel Inspired’ academy for the nine for the last two years.
Now, each relevant party felt the time was right to offer the children bespoke club membership, which includes use of the driving range, practice green and equipment, four group lessons and discounted individual lessons, allocated tee times and discounted green fees to play nine holes when they want with an adult.
John Low, the chairman of the BB&O Golf Partnership said: “This is a fantastic step forward and we look forward to the boys and girls enjoying the benefits of becoming members of Waterstock Golf Club.
“We really appreciate the support of The One Arm Golfing Society and Waterstock Golf Club.
“When we embarked on the Feel Inspired programme, our aim was to give our academy players the opportunity to learn the game of golf.
“Our first group of nine students who have completed the two years’ academy coaching course have developed not only their golfing skills but have received many benefits in helping their mobility, self-confidence and developing friendships within the group.”
He added that across the three counties 60 disadvantaged boys and girls are now receiving free golf coaching.