The Golf Foundation Starter Centre Initiative is a network of junior-friendly facilities which provide coaching opportunities for beginners (not necessarily members).
They produce annual reports on their activities,
which must include an affordable structured coaching programme such as The Merit
Award scheme, and in return the Golf Foundation provides some financial support
to keep costs to the participants as low as possible.
Up to now, Wales has had 21 of these centres
allocated in Wales but following support from the Sports Council for Wales
the plan is to increase this number by a further 20 this year.
The full list of existing Starter Centres is published further below
The Golf Development Wales development officers have identified six new centres which are to come on-stream in March, but we now need to identify the next 14 centres which will come on-line in two batches of 7 in June and August.
your club or facility is interested in becoming a Starter Centre, then please
contact us at the WGU offices (01633) 423798 or via e-mail on [email protected]
and we can discuss with you the requirements for selection.
Essentially we will be looking for facilities
that have a true commitment to the development of junior golf – ideally
professional coaching should be made available for junior beginners and should
be at the very least affordable, fun, safe and following a structured coaching
path such as The Merit Award Scheme.
The list of centres in Wales is provided below:-
Club or Local Authority County Contact
Mrs J Boulden
Old Padeswood GC
Bull Bay GC
Bryn Morfydd GC
Clays GC Wrexham Tony Harcombe 01978 855933
Began Park Golf Centre
Cardiff Mr Bowes
Grove Golf Club
St Pierre G C
Llantrisant & Pontyclun
Vale of Glamorgan
Vale of Glam
St Mellons & The
Powys Sports Dev.
North – Mid Powys
Powys Sports Dev.
Mid – Sth Powys
Approved Starter Centres