Monday 21 April 2014

Club builds course for care home residents

3rd December, 2013 by Alistair Dunsmuir

Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club in Essex has built a golf course specifically for care home residents living nearby.

Bill McGrath, Matt Smith, Alan Smith, Michael Goodwin and Jim Wiggam with Silversprings resident Louisa Glover

One of the care home residents with staff at the golf club

Residents at Care UK’s Silversprings care home have the ‘Silversprings Woodland Course’ six-hole putting green effectively in their own garden, after the club designed and built the course, and even donated equipment for the care home residents.

The home’s manager, Sally Rushant, said: “Many of our residents have been keen golfers for years. When we looked at how we could develop our large grounds, they were very keen on the idea of a course.

“We were delighted when the team at Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club generously offered to design and build the course, as well as donating putters and balls.

“Not only will it please experienced golfers, but it will also provide an opportunity for other residents to try something new. As well as being a fun activity, it will help residents to stay fit and healthy.”

Clacton-on-Sea’s captain Bill McGrath said: “Golf is a passion and we were delighted to be able to help some former golfers keep their hand in, as well as introducing some newcomers to the game.

“Our club has a long history of supporting the community and we were very pleased to be able to support Silversprings in this very worthwhile project. Alan Smith [Clacton-on-Sea’s head greenkeeper] and his son have done a great job laying out the course in the wooded area near the entrance and the greens are looking very well. I am sure the residents will enjoy them.”


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