Club lets people try out golfing for free

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The Gore Golf Club is pleased with the strong turnout the last two Wednesdays of its “give golf a go” programme.

Twenty players showed up for the Wednesday free coaching session last Wednesday while 23 showed this week for a session coached by professional golfer Vaughan McCall.

The sessions, with equipment provided, attempted to teach new players the basics of the game.

McCall was happy with the turnout across the two weeks.

“I couldn’t believe the turnout with 20 people last week and the turnout this week. It was good to see,” McCall said.

The most pleasing aspect was seeing people out there wanting to play the game.

“The fact we can provide a pathway for these people wanting to play golf is awesome,” McCall said.

Graceful…A clean shot from Mathew Grace, of Mataura, at the free “give golf” a go session. PHOTO: SIMON KNYVETT

The sessions would continue next week, with the social side of golf and having a go considered more important than competing.

McCall was impressed to see the new faces at the club.

“We have had a range, from Will and Victoria who are 8 and 14 years old, to fully grown adults,” McCall said.

Lots to pick up .Players practise their short game on to the green at a free “give golf a go” session. PHOTO: SIMON KNYVETT

In the second week, golfers were learning their shorter game, including brushing up on chipping and putting.

Gore Golf Club secretary Peter Kemp said it was pleasing to see the numbers at the club as it looked to build members.