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22 September 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

ENDS THIS SUNDAY: donate old golf bags for Caribbean prize

With thousands of clubs and bags already donated, Crown Golf’s ‘Golf Bag Amnesty’ has been a roaring success this summer.

But golfers who live close to a Crown Golf club have just a few more days to donate their old golf bags and clubs, as the summer-long charity appeal ends this Sunday.

Since June, over 3,000 golf bags and more than 15,000 golf clubs have been donated in the nationwide Bag Amnesty run by Crown Golf clubs across England.

Donated golf bags and clubs are being sent around the world by charity The Golf Trust to support projects to increase participation in the sport, with several UK disabled golf and inner-city projects also receiving some of the equipment. A Caribbean trip to Grenada also awaits one participant in a prize draw made possible by ex-Premier League and international footballer Jason Roberts, whose Foundation is helping to create sporting opportunities for young people on the island.

And all golfers who donate will receive a voucher giving £20 off their next purchase of a Callaway Golf bag at any Crown Golf club.

Simply collect any unwanted golf bags and clubs from your home, and hand them in to the golf teams at any one of 25 participating Crown Golf clubs before 5pm this Sunday.

“We are taking donations from absolutely everybody” said Crown Golf’s Stephen Towers, “so if you haven’t yet donated, I urge you to look in your garage, shed or loft, and bring in your old golf bags and clubs!

“Thousands of members of the public have already donated an item or two this summer, at our golf clubs. Come and visit us before Sunday evening, and we’ll put your donated equipment to good use somewhere in the world.”

Full details can be found on the web at www.freedomplay.co.uk/bagamnesty.


Eligible items include: golf bags and golf clubs only. Golf trolleys, swing training devices, golf balls, golf clothing, golf shoes and other items of golf equipment are not part of the Amnesty.  

Drop-off points for the Crown Golf Bag & Equipment Amnesty 2014 are:

  • 9 of Herts Golf Course, Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 1JS
  • Addington Court Golf Centre, Croydon, Surrey CR0 9AA
  • Batchworth Park Golf Club, Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 1JS
  • Blue Mountain Golf & Conference Centre, Binfield, Berks RG42 4EX
  • Cams Hall Estate Golf Club, Fareham, Hants PO16 8UP
  • Chesfield Downs Golf & Country Club, Stevenage, Herts SG4 7EQ
  • Eccleston Park Golf Club, Prescot, Merseyside L35 4PG
  • Hampton Court Palace Golf Club, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 4AD
  • Merrist Wood Golf Club, Guildford, Surrey GU3 3PB
  • Milford Golf Club, Godalming, Surrey GU8 5HS
  • Mill Green Golf Club, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 4TY
  • Oak Park Golf Club, Farnham, Surrey GU10 5PB
  • Paultons Golf Centre, Romsey, Hants SO51 6AN
  • Pine Ridge Golf Club, Camberley, Surrey GU16 9NX
  • Pyrford Golf Club, Pyrford, Surrey GU22 8XR
  • Sherfield Oaks Golf Club, Hook, Hants RG27 0HB
  • South Essex Golf Centre, Brentwood, Essex CM13 3LW
  • South Winchester Golf Club, Winchester, Hants SO22 5QX
  • Sunbury Golf Centre, Shepperton, Middlesex TW17 8QA
  • Stapleford Abbotts Golf Club, Stapleford Abbotts, Essex RM4 iJU
  • St Mellion International Resort, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6SD
  • The Bristol Golf Club, Almonsbury, Bristol BS10 7TP
  • The Hertfordshire Golf & Country Club, Broxbourne, Herts EN10 7PY
  • Traditions Golf Course, Pyrford, Surrey GU22 8UE
  • Wickham Park Golf Club, Fareham, Hants PO17 5PJ


  • Crown Golf appeals for golfers to surrender unwanted golf bags
  • Amnesty runs from Thurs 12th June to Sun 28th September 2014
  • 25 Crown Golf venues across the UK are drop-off points
  • Amnesty also applies to unwanted golf clubs
  • Photos wanted of unwanted golf bags & clubs
  • Special Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BagAmnesty
  • Golfers can donate items in period spanning U.S Open to Ryder Cup 2014
  • Donations will be redistributed in UK and rest of world by The Golf Trust charity
  • Grenada trip prize for two people supplied by Jason Roberts Foundation
  • Callaway Golf bag voucher for all who donate



CONTACT CROWN GOLF: 01344 200200, Hannah Baker, h.baker@crown-golf.co.uk

MEDIA AND IMAGES: Andy Hiseman at Magic Hour Media | +44 (0)7795 360112 | andy@hiseman.com  
CONTACT THE GOLF TRUST: www.thegolftrust.com | cae@thegolftrust.com  
CONTACT THE JASON ROBERTS FOUNDATION: www.jasonrobertsfoundation.org | Martene Carroll, martene@jasonrobertsfoundation.org  
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'Bag Mountain' photo. Footballers Jason Roberts MBE and Otis Roberts accept the first 368 golf bags and 2,100 golf clubs from representatives of Crown Golf and The Golf Trust, on behalf of the Jason Roberts Foundation, prior to shipping the donated items to Grenada. FRONT ROW FROM LEFT: Frank Harrington (The Golf Trust), Matthew Lynwood (Crown Golf), Jason Roberts MBE, Caroline Griffiths (Crown Golf), Cae Menai-Davis (The Golf Trust), Otis Roberts (Jason Roberts Foundation).



The award-winning Crown Golf group has 25 UK golf facilities and 38 golf courses in its portfolio. With pride in customer service and innovation, Crown Golf (established in 1994) aims to provide an outstanding golf experience for its members and visitors, tailor-made to suit the lifestyles and needs of a wide range of golfers. The company’s flagship is the European Tour venue St Mellion International Resort, home to The Nicklaus Signature Course – the first in the UK to be designed by 18-time Major-winner Jack Nicklaus.



The Golf Trust was created to highlight and develop the inclusive values of golf. We feel that anyone and everyone should have the opportunity to play the sport regardless of circumstance. We seek to remove the barriers to participation so that everyone can play the sport we love. Our work is predominately outreach focused, taking the sport to inner city communities and places one may not usually associate golf with. The ComGolf project has worked tirelessly in London and the South East coaching over 10,000 people since September 2011. We've teamed up with organisations that share our aims to deliver fun community based projects with educational, health and technical performance outcomes.



Of the estimated 4 million golfers in the UK, less than 1.5 million are members of a club. Crown Golf has created Freedom Play as a new way of joining a golf club, to encourage more golfers to take that step. In Freedom Play, golfers pay a low annual subscription and get credits which they exchange for rounds of golf. Play at busy times and you use more credits: play when it’s quiet, and your credits go further. Freedom Play membership is available at 18 Crown Golf clubs across the UK – see the website for locations.



The Foundation was established by Grenada international and Premier League footballer Jason Roberts, to provide opportunities for children and young people to participate in sports and cultural activities in the UK and in the Caribbean; to encourage young people in the UK and in Caribbean to participate in structured sporting activity, which will contribute to improving health and fitness, self esteem, confidence and social inclusion; to provide opportunities for young people to participate in learning programmes, which will enhance educational achievement; to develop a Sports Academy in Caribbean, which is accessible to children and young people across the island; and to work in partnership with key public, private and voluntary sector partners to deliver high quality provision.



Through an unwavering commitment to innovation, Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY) creates products and services designed to make every golfer a better golfer. Callaway Golf Company manufactures and sells golf clubs and golf balls, and sells golf apparel, footwear and accessories, under the Callaway Golf® and Odyssey® brands in more than 110 countries worldwide. For more information please visit our website at www.callawaygolf.com.