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Have you ever considered joining a golf club? If so, now is the perfect time.
Set in the gently undulating and tranquil North Yorkshire countryside, all abilities and ages of golfers are welcome at Harrogate Golf Club (HGC), including beginners, juniors, ladies, gentlemen, pay-as-you-play, societies, and corporate groups.
The colonial style clubhouse is brimming with comfort and character, and the mature parkland course, which benefits from spectacular floral displays in the spring, provides a beautiful setting for an enjoyable round or lesson.
Located only two miles from the centre of Harrogate, and respected country-wide for its warm Yorkshire welcome and excellent facilities, the current course measures a little less than 6250 yards, on easy walking terrain, and is widely regarded as a fair test of golf, requiring accuracy rather than distance off the tee.
Its Mackenzie designed greens and tree lined fairways provide an enjoyable challenge for all handicaps, and the course is always presented in first class condition. There are subtly placed bunkers and copses of trees that require the golfer to adopt careful thought and accuracy in order to better their par, and the final six holes on the course include five testing par 4's, making this one of Yorkshire's toughest finishing stretches.
Growing the game
Golf is often wrongly perceived as a man’s game and HGC are working hard to shift this perception.
“Golf is a game for all,” says club manager, Adrian Wratting. “Unlike any other sport, golf’s unique handicap system allows people of different abilities to play and compete together, making it a great game for women, children and men alike.”
Class AA PGA Qualified Professionals, Sam Everson and Gary Stothard, provide lessons for all abilities and ages of golfers, and can impart the basic skills and techniques needed to get you started. Or, for the more experienced player, help take your game to the next level.
In a relaxed and friendly environment, there’s the option to play nine or 18 holes, and lady members can also opt into the buddy system.
Each session is tailored to the golfer’s ability and Sam and Gary use the v1 Coaching system to capture your swing on video, for analysis both during your lesson and during practice away from the lesson.
Northside’s Lisa Dawson and her twelve year old daughter, Halle-Rose were invited to the club to take part in a one-on-one mother and daughter lesson.
Halle had played a little bit before and Lisa was new to the game, so we got her set up and taught her how to grip correctly, and she hit some really great shots in the practice area. We then moved over to the short game area - we’re actually on of the only clubs in the area with a short game facility - and focused on developing both Halle and Lisa’s basic set up, driving, iron play, chipping and putting.
- Sam Everson
HGC is a beautiful club and we enjoyed an extremely informative, educational - but at the same time, very relaxed - lesson. Sam was patient and took his time, and he really made us feel at ease. He helped both Halle and I improve our games dramatically.
- Lisa Dawson
Although I’ve play golf before, Sam helped me improve on things I’d already learnt. He helped me take my game to the next level and significantly improve my technique.
For further details, call the club on 01423 862999 and ask for Adrian. Head to www.harrogate-gc.co.uk