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Get Ready to beat slow play, says Glendale Golf

Hate slow play, and want to do something about it?

Your feelings are shared by one of the UK’s largest golf groups, They’re getting proactive about pace of play, with a high-visibility, long-term programme now in place at all venues.

Glendale Golf – which operates seven public golf centres across the UK – has put three new initiatives into place with immediate effect, with its new ‘Get Ready Golf’ programme at the heart of the campaign.

Widespread signage featuring the ‘Get Ready Golf’ slogan is now being displayed at all Glendale Golf centres, giving customers six friendly tips on time-efficient golf. Posters, banners and notices are prominent in clubhouses and pro shops, at reception desks, and on all first tees.

The group is also emailing more than 50,000 golfers, encouraging them to spread the word and to take personal steps to respond to the request. The battle cry will also appear on all of its websites, plus across its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Simultaneously, Glendale Golf has modified its tee-time booking system to allow for more 9-hole slots on weekdays.

There’s also a brand-new Glendale Golf 9-Hole Summer League to play in at all venues. It requires no official handicap or membership, and offers newcomers an informally-competitive stepping stone into the sport – as well as something fun to play in for more regular golfers.

The overall Glendale Golf 9-Hole Summer League winner from each venue will win a year’s membership.

“People come to our golf centres to have fun, so I promise you we’re not getting too heavy-handed about this!” said Tom Brooke, Managing Director of Glendale Golf. “However, we’re making Get Ready Golf part of our culture. It’s a long-term commitment, and we want everyone to buy into it.

“Since we run public golf centres, part of our responsibility is to help introduce newcomers to the sport – that’s what keeps it alive. We also need to encourage existing golfers to play more often. In our annual survey last year, our customers told us loud and clear that slow play is both a barrier to entry for newcomers, and a reason for traditional golfers to play less frequently.

“And it’s not just visitors to Glendale Golf centres who hate slow play of course. The subject has frequently come in other recent national golf surveys, so we are taking firm action.

“People just have insufficient leisure time, these days, for five-hour rounds. We’d all prefer it if a round of golf took an hour less – so at Glendale Golf we are all now geared up to attack this target.”

Glendale Golf’s last participation drive – a summer 2015 festival designed to attract a minimum 100 complete newcomers to each of its venues – proved highly successful, with the 700-golfer target smashed within a month, and over 2,000 first-time visitors by the end of the campaign.


MEDIA AND IMAGES: Andy Hiseman at Magic Hour Media | +44 (0)7795 360112 | andy@hiseman.com  
CONTACT GLENDALE GOLF: Tom Brooke, tom.brooke@glendalegolf.co.uk  
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PHOTO CAPTION: Tilgate Forest Golf Centre, a Glendale Golf venue.



Each of the seven Glendale Golf centres are dedicated to giving players of all abilities a true golfing experience in a relaxed, modern and welcoming environment. Glendale Golf centres offer golf quality at an affordable price, making golf easily accessible regardless of your age or ability. Golf at a Glendale Golf centre is traditionally British in style and respectful of the heritage of the game, but the sport and all of the benefits which it offers as regards play, competition, learning, exercise and social life is delivered in a non-stereotypical fashion. Glendale Golf’s golf centres open for play in 2016 are Tilgate Forest Golf Centre in West Sussex; Richmond Park Golf Course and Beckenham Golf Course in London; Portsmouth Golf Course in Hampshire; Edwalton Golf Centre near Nottingham; Duxbury Park Golf Course in Chorley; and Castle Point Golf Course on Canvey Island in Essex.