Community Golf is The Social Golfer’s chosen charity for 2019

This year, Community Golf have been chosen as the charity that will benefit from The Social Golfer’s annual Open Championship in July. In order to give a true flavour of our sessions, we invited Ian and Brigitte from The Social Golfer (TSG) down to one of our popular Friday morning sessions at The Grange, Leatherhead. Not only are the Grange a really fun bunch, they were also the winners of our Autumn 2018 league and also boast having the individual Autumn league top scorer within their ranks, so Ian and Brigitte were definitely going to be put through their paces! We showed them a variety of our games, equipment and ways that we aim to make golf accessible to all. As usual, we set up our three games (pictured below) to challenge our regular participants and our new TSG friends including ‘Climb the Ladder’, our points game for the week; ‘Pitch It’ (our points game for the next week) and a randomly selected third game which this week was ‘Horseshoe Putt’. ‘Climb the Ladder’ involves laying an agility ladder flat on the floor, with the aim to putt the ball into the last section of the ladder so it stays in there for maximum points. We use larger than usual golf balls to aid with accessibility and sight for our participants. ‘Pitch It’ is always a firm favourite with the participants and involves trying to chip the balls into our ‘green’, consisting of large green paddling pool complete with flag. Finally ‘Horseshoe Putt’ involves trying to putt a golf ball into one of five coloured horseshoe shaped rings, with...

LEATHERHEAD – YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS YOUR VOTES (Tesco Bags of Help Fund)

Please help us SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES in your local community to continue with their much loved INCLUSIVE golf activity sessions at The Grange, Kites Club and other local centres. Voting is now open throughout January & February 2019 in these local stores: 2812 LEATHERHEAD KT22 0EF Superstores 2191 BANSTEAD EXPRESS SM7 2NN Express 5371 CRADDOCKS ASHTEAD EXP KT21 1QJ Express 6320 EPSOM HORTON EXP KT19 8SP Express 4502 EPSOM RUXLEY LANE EXP KT19 9JS Express 6321 EPSOM STATION EXP KT19 8EU Express 2485 EWELL EXPRESS KT17 1PG Express Voting tokens are given out to customers when they request one after making a purchase in store. We are guaranteed £1000, so the money will go towards funding additional Community Golf sessions that local centres have been enjoying. We need to get as many “blue voting tokens” as possible to fill our box so we can earn the maximum amount of £4000. Please could you alert as many people as you may know in the local community as possible to help – perhaps you could use your social media platforms as well? Your support with this would be greatly appreciated and will obviously benefit the community. @Tesco_SouthEast #bagsofhelp...

2018 Participation Review

An enormous thank you to all of our funders for their continued support and everyone who came and played with us we couldn’t have done it without you. We look forward to playing more golf in 2019.  ...

Active August

Remember the long hot summer of 2018?  In the glorious month that was August, we delivered a range of sessions in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  Our sessions were designed to include a combination of introductory golf skills games with basic coaching through to a 6-hole course with a focus to introduce participants to a sport they perhaps would not have otherwise had the opportunity to try before.  You can read all about our work below.   To find out more about our Golf in the Park sessions click here or get in contact via...

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...