Turning Back Time at the Clockhouse, Milford

The Clockhouse Centre, Milford, Surrey provides a safe, sociable and stimulating environment for people over 50 years where they can socialise with their peer group and take advantage of the wide range of services on offer throughout the week. Every Monday afternoon, we deliver a weekly 60+ golf session,  a project made possible by the generous support of The Wisley Foundation. Before we go on   to introduce you to some of the players it’s important to make you aware of the excellent pedigree that the Clockhouse Centre has as champion golfers, having previously been crowned as our Autumn 2016 League winners.  In addition, as part of the winning Autumn 2016 team, was 92 year old Audrey, who was our highest individual scorer across of our projects during that time period.   You can read more about Audrey’s story as part of the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign here: http://communitygolf.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/This-Girl-Can-Audrey-@-50.pdf   The centre’s previous success and Audrey’s tenacity to regularly beat her personal score has found us welcoming a number of 90+ participants keen to take part in this term’s golf sessions.  Bill and Eddie are 97 and 92 respectively and Betty and Ron are 93 and 98, proving irrefutably that age really is no barrier to playing golf with us.   Bill and Eddie were only separated by 5 points at the top of the leader board with 3 weeks to go, so it is very much still all to play for!  ‘Having scored consistently high throughout our league programme – with both men scoring 55 points on our ‘Bottle It’ game, Eddie came out as our overall winner, pipping...

Day in the Life of a Golf Activator – Halow Project

This Summer, we were lucky enough to be invited back to run a golf session with the Halow project. The Halow project is an amazing service who provide opportunities and support for young people aged 16-35 with a learning difficulty, in Guildford. They are dedicated to helping their members live independent, fulfilling lives and becoming more involved in the local community. We met the group at The Guildford Spectrum and set up four of our challenging skills games to test their putting and chipping skills to the max. Our first game, Bullseye Chip, uses our target and tests how accurate the participants chipping skills are. 10 points is awarded for the bullseye, with descending points awarded for zones further away from the bullseye. The highest score was Jack, with a brilliant 19 points from 5 balls. We also set up Skittles, using our Community Golf bottles, which went down a treat. Like bowling, the aim of the game is to knock down as many bottles as you can by putting the ball into them. There is nothing more satisfying then the rattle when they knock over, with most participants managed to get a strike throughout the session. The next game we ran was also a chipping game, Little Binnit. The aim of Little Binnit is to chip the ball into our pop-up bin (it’s much easier said than done!) so that it stays in the bin. There were some great attempts from the group (including Jason the activities coordinator) with the whole team cheering when a ball landed in the bin. The fourth and final game we bought to...

West Surrey Events – Summer 2018

Throughout the Summer, we have been running events with our lovely participants to give them access to golf that is slightly different to our normal sessions. We have run two events so far in West Surrey, with a third one in the pipeline for later in the Summer.   Kites Club at Horton Park Our first event of the Summer took place at Horton Park golf club with the wonderful Kites Club, part of The Sunnybank Trust which is funded by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council. Kites club aims to enrich the lives of people aged 18+ with learning difficulties within the community through inclusion and friendship. Kites club is all about trying new activities, developing hidden talents and practicing life skills, with golf being one of their favourites. We had 15 members join us at Horton Park for some golf and lunch. We set up the session in three sections: the driving range, putting games and chipping games. The driving range gave the members the chance to give the ball a good old whack, while getting some expert tips from Jon and Karen. Our putting games took part on the putting green, where we challenged our participants to a variety of putting games, including the longest putt! The chipping challenges were a taste of some of the games that we play in our regular sessions, including Howzat and Bottle It, with points awarded for top scorers throughout the session. We ended the morning with a lovely buffet lunch, with medals handed out to our top players of the day and wristbands awarded to all our golfers for being...

60+ Golf

“Regular physical activity in later life is important for so many reasons – not only will your health improve, but you’ll also meet new people.”  (https://www.ageuk.org.uk/services/in-your-area/exercise/)   It’s been frequently reported, that older adults who participate in any amount of physical activity can obtain some physical and mental health benefits.  As we age we become less active and our team at Community Golf appreciate that becoming active and sustaining the habit can often be challenging.  Community Golf’s low impact programmes consist of putting and chipping skills and are designed to remove all barriers and be fully inclusive regardless of ability.  Our primary objectives are to promote physical activity and people’s sense of physical and mental wellbeing.  Our mantra is that Age is just a number and what really counts is attitude.   Situated in the heart of busy Addlestone town, Surrey, the Eileen Tozer Centre is a warm and welcoming environment for all older local residents to meet, sit back, chat, have lunch and take part in a wide range of activities.  At our session on a Tuesday afternoon, we have two couples who are regulars to our 60+ golf.  A project made possible by the generous support of The Wisley Foundation.   Wendy and Bryan are probably the most competitive of the two couples, as they are always trying to get one over on each other!  Wendy, who relies on a walking frame, says “it’s great that Bryan and I can play together!  I can hold onto to him if I need assistance or play one-handed with my frame.  All the games are great fun and even better...

Inclusive golf Sutton – Sessions for young adults with disabilities improving Health and Well-being, social cohesion & reduce social isolation

Our low impact Community Golf programme which consists of putting and chipping skills are designed to remove all barriers and be fully inclusive.  Our objectives are to promote physical activity  and lead to improving people’s sense of physical and mental wellbeing. With the support of the Sutton Community Fund we have been delivering a variety of Community Golf programmes to groups of differently abled adults at 3 different centres for Sutton Mencap.  With additional support from NHS Healthcheck Sutton (assisted by the South West London and Care Partnership), we spent a wonderful morning The Oaks Golf Club at the beginning of...

Day in the Life of a Golf Activator – Golf in the Park

                               After a very successful summer of golf in 2017, weekend Golf in the Park returned to Wandle Valley at Beddington and Wandle Parks on the 12th & 13th May 2018 respectively. The basis of our Golf in the Park (GitP) projects are to provide anyone with the opportunity to play free golf in their local park surroundings, over two hours weekly. Golf is perceived to be difficult and at Community Golf, through our innovative GitP format, we aim to make it easier for people to pick up a club and have a go in a comfortable “no-frills” environment. Families and friends get the chance to challenge themselves by playing up to 6 holes and alongside this, further test their ability with a variety of unique skills games, designed to suit all abilities. Using a scorecard and a few basic rules to keep track of progress, groups of families and friends can establish their own playing style in order to maximise their experience. Dualle, our Activator has, been delighted to welcome players old and new and has had a great first five weeks with a new course layout at both parks alongside some fiendishly challenging skills games. He said “With the sun shining it’s been really colourful with people spending on average half an hour playing golf.  People are loving playing at both venues and our yellow branding is attracting a lot of interest and attracting people to come over and play”. The wonderful weather that we’ve all been enjoying has one downside, it’s made the grass grow quicker, but the Parks teams at both venues are doing...

Day in the Life of a Golf Activator – The Grange Golf Tournament

The second entry in my ‘Day in the life of an Activator’ blog, focuses on a CrossGolf event that we recently organised in conjunction with Mole Valley Council and The Grange, Bookham – an assisted living centre for young adults with learning difficulties.   A total of seven teams (42 participants) took part in a day full of golf, sun, laughter, friendly competition and a BBQ to finish. We set up seven themed holes around the amazing grounds of The Grange, including putting, chipping and a longest drive competition. Hole 1 “Churn It” on the front lawn of The Grange, with a healthy spectator gallery cheering players on, required participants to chip the ball towards a milk-churn target.  6 shots maximum with a really satisfying ‘ding’ when the ball hit the target. Hole 2 “Bee Happy” situated in a concealed garden, challenged players to putt down an uneven steep short slope aiming to hit a giant bee.  The hole was a great success with many participants achieving a brilliant hole in one!! Hole 3 “Victoria Sponge” tested players to putt the ball up a tricky slope and hit the awaiting Victoria Sponge cake at the top.  Yes, it really was a real cake!  Once players were assured that the cake wasn’t for consumption, there was some terrific accurate putting on display, with a number of holes in one!! Hole 4 “Bike Shed” encouraged a trickier chip aiming at a bicycle, complete with helmet.  Despite the target size the hole proved to be more testing than it appeared. Hole 5 “Dolphine” and undoubtedly my favourite of the day.  A complex putting...

The Grange – Golf Tournament

          What a glorious day Friday 18th May was as The Grange, Bookham hosted the 3rd Annual Grange Golf Tournament for adults with learning and physical difficulties.  42 players comprising of 7 teams (The Grange, Post 19, Surrey Choices: Lockwood, Fernleigh, Woking & Camberley) competed for individual and team prizes across our 7-hole golf course set within the grounds of the 8-acre site.  The tournament once again offered players the opportunity to play the course and challenge themselves with their chipping and putting skills, recording individual scores on their scorecards for 6 holes.  The 7th hole gave an opportunity for players to attempt the “Longest Drive”. Community Golf programmes are designed to remove all barriers and be fully inclusive and our objectives are to promote physical activity and lead to improving people’s sense of physical and mental wellbeing.  Through our innovative format, we aim to make it easier for people to pick up a club and have a go in a comfortable and relaxed “no frills” environment. A big thank you to everyone who supported the day, but especially to the staff and volunteers at The Grange for all their generosity in making the event another resounding success.  Special mention must go to Brenna Russell, Activity Co-ordinator and Phil Edmunds, the Chef for a wonderful post-tournament BBQ and to Mole Valley Council for assisting with the funding for the event. Congratulations to everyone who came to play –  it was a wonderful day of golf with very high standards.  A fantastic round of 17 by Toby from Woking and Joe from Post 19 with his 33 metre longest...

Get Set, Get Active – Improving Activity, Promoting Inclusion, Increasing Confidence & Skills for Students with Special Educational Needs

Community Golf programmes are designed to remove all barriers and be fully inclusive and our objectives were to promote physical activity and lead to improving people’s sense of physical and mental wellbeing.  We promote the principle, that golf is a game for everyone, regardless of age, gender, ability, background or circumstances. Students (aged 17-21) were given the opportunity to participate in the lunch time enrichment programme, 36 attended, 18 of which attended regularly (7 of those had special needs).  The sessions consisted of a range of putting and chipping skills challenges.  Each week the group played a different league game, where all participants scored points to add to a total team score over the 10 weeks, competing in a virtual league.  Medal and star bans were also available for achievements and the top scorer at the end of the programme received a high street voucher prize.                                        ...

Ladies European Tour – ‘Get into Golf’

  An all female Community Golf Team were delighted to support the “Get into Golf” event on the eve of the US Women’s Open Qualifier at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club.  The Ladies European Tour (LET) organised the event as a celebration of women’s and girls’ golf and as a showcase for those new to the game. As the LET players prepared for the tournament in the background, beginners and more experienced players had the opportunity to take part in a range of activities in the dedicated Activities Zone. Our putting and chipping challenges proved popular, particularly the longest putt, golf rugby conversion and a 20 ball challenge.  It was a wonderful opportunity to not only showcase our work, but to witness the interest and enthusiasm for our golf format by everyone that attended the event.  General feedback from those who tried the games was that “it is not as easy as it looks!” A big thank you must go to Mike Round, Director of Development at the Ladies European Tour, for inviting us back to participate in the event.  Also to the team of all-female PGA Pros – Denise Hastings, Evie Carter and Zoe North who patiently gave a number of the Community Golf team a free golf lesson. Mike Round, Development Director at LET conveyed his thanks to the team and commenting on the event said “although the numbers were slightly down on last year, the feedback we’ve had has been extremely positive.  One father with his daughter went as far as saying that it was the best day of their lives!”  We very much look forward to supporting...