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...

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...