Golf in the Park

Playing golf can bring you some impressive health and wellbeing benefits. This increasingly popular sport is actually a powerhouse of all the core ingredients that doctors recommend for optimum physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Golf in the Park

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. We have a firm belief that barriers including self-confidence, time, lack of specialist equipment and financial restrictions should not exclude people from the opportunity of experiencing golf.

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.

Where?

In separate partnerships with Get Active Wandle Valley and the London Legacy Development Corporation, our project runs within the London Boroughs of Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton and Croydon in Beddington Park and Wandle Park and in Newham in the north-east corner of the 560 acre Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at Alfred’s Meadow.

The sessions run on Saturdays and Sundays from April to September.

February to October 2017

We had a total of 740 participants with 65% of them having played golf for the first time!

Wandle
Park

Participants

  • Never played golf before 68%

Alfred Meadows

Participants

  • Never played golf before 80%

Beddington Park

Participants

  • Never played golf before 46%

Branding

Our distinctive yellow and black branded leaflets, on-site banners, tee box signage and scorecards enables us to create an authentic and meaningful golf experience for all participants.

Evidence

Evidence from Sport England, indicates that outdoor exercise in a green space can help reduce stress levels, enhance mood and even improve your self-esteem. The combination of moderate exercise and swinging your clubs will get participants blood pumping and trigger the release of natural mood-enhancing chemicals called endorphins, that help them feel happier, reduce stress and sleep better.

“It is incredible what you have done with the space”

“It is a great family game”

“I feel privileged to be playing golf here”

“I really enjoyed playing golf”