Why Golf in the Park?
Research shows that outdoor exercise in a green space is good for health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress levels, enhance mood and even improve self-esteem. Taking part in group sessions, like Golf in the Park, can help alleviate loneliness and isolation.
Swinging a golf club and learning how to pitch and putt is a moderate exercise that anyone can enjoy, whatever their level of physical fitness, sporting abilities or their age. Participants also get the chance to interact with a variety of people, often from different backgrounds, in a safe, relaxed and friendly social setting with trained activators.
How does it work?
The basis of our Golf in the Park (GitP) programme is 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, so at Community Golf, through our innovative GitP format, we aim to make it easier for people to just pick up a club and have a go in a comfortable “no-frills” environment. We have a firm belief that barriers including self-confidence, ability, time, lack of specialist equipment and financial restrictions should not exclude people from the opportunity of experiencing golf as an activity.
Families and friends get the chance to challenge themselves and each other by playing a 6-hole course with a few basic rules, whilst recording their scores on a scorecard to keep track and establish their own playing style in order to maximise their experience. They can further test their ability on the 10-Ball Bucket Challenge designed to suit all abilities.
For 2019 Summer Season sessions were delivered at:
Beddington Park (nr Pavillion Café), Wallington (SM6 7NN)
Staines Lammas Park, Spelthorne (TW18 4XZ)
Victory Park, Chertsey Road, Addlestone (KT15 2EW)
Stoke Park (nr Café), Guildford (GU1 1ER)
Roundshaw Park, Lindbergh Road, Wallington (SM6 9HB)
Frimley Lodge Park, Camberley (GU16 6HY)
Broadwater Park, Godalming (GU7 3BH)
July / August 2019
We delivered 76 hours to a total of 706 participants across 7 sites in 6 weeks – 53% were Male and 47% were Female. Overall 42% of our participants played golf for the first time.
- Never played golf before 43%
Staines Lammas Park
- Never played golf before 39%
- Never played golf before 37%
Frimley Lodge Park
- Never played golf before 35%
- Never played golf before 36%
- Never played golf before 69%
- Never played golf before 33%
“As always it is a pleasure working with Community Golf – they always deliver what we are looking for”.
Saba Yazdani, Metropolitan Thames Valley
“Opens the sport up” / “It’s a great initiative” / “Challenging and fun, but not frustrating!” /”It was really good fun” / “It’s great, get to play together and get outdoors” / “Brilliant, I liked the water hole” / “It was really fun and the first time I have played golf” / “Great fun for us all to do together” / “So much fun for kids and parents, in the sun too!” / “It was amazing – I won!” (FEEDBACK FROM VARIOUS 2019 PARTICIPANTS)
Our distinctive yellow and black branded leaflets, on-site banners, tee box signage, flags, hole discs and scorecards enable us to create an authentic, meaningful golf experience for all participants. The distinctive branding of the project assisted participants familiarity and is designed to create a consistent and easily recognisable product.
As a pathway to further golf experiences, participants are signposted to their local facility for regular golf activity.
Get in Touch
We work closely with funding partners to achieve their outcomes at the same time as achieving our vision, so that everyone has the opportunity to play golf and access the health and social benefits that the sport provides. Get in touch via email@example.com to discuss how we can work together to expand Golf in the Park.