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Golf Organisations UK

If you haven't played golf before how do you start?  How do you find your local golf club?  Are there any initiatives to take advantage of? Are there any free introductory coaching lessons in my area?

A good place to start are the major golf organisations. To date we have filmed interviews regarding golf development with Golf Development Wales, and the Scottish Golf Union which includes Clubgolf. 


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England Golf

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Golf Development Wales

Golf Development Wales was established as a result of Wales’ successful Ryder Cup Bid and focuses on encouraging more people especially women and children to take up the sport.

GDW is a strategic partnership between the Golf Union of Wales, the Golf Foundation and the Sports Council for Wales. It is also supported by Ryder Cup Wales 2010 Ltd and The Professional Golfers Association.  Golf Development Wales, facilitates the growth and health of the sport via a number of initiatives.

Golf has inherent values & characteristics which help to develop personal life-skills in young people as they progress in the game (values, such as, honesty, self motivation, determination, sportsmanship, respect and concentration) and reflects the fact that in developing someone as a golfer, you are also helping to develop them as a person as well as developing the sport in general.

Scottish Golf

The Scottish Golf Union (SGU) is the governing body for amateur golf in Scotland incorporating more than 630 golf clubs across the country representing a total membership of approximately 260,000 golfers.

Based at the Home of Golf in St Andrews, the SGU’s responsibilities span across most aspects of the game in Scotland, from its original core business of staging national amateur championships and managing Scotland’s national teams, expanding to encouraging more youngsters to play golf, providing support services to member clubs and lobbying government to protect the interests of the game.

Golf Union of Ireland

The Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) is the governing body for men's and boy's amateur golf in Ireland.

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The R&A

Formed in 2004. and based in St Andrews, the R&A organises The Open Championship, golf’s oldest Major, along with a number of other amateur and junior events, some of which are sanctioned by other golfing bodies. In addition, The R&A assumes responsibility for the administration of the Rules of Golf with the consent of 143 organisations from the amateur and professional game, and on behalf of over 30 million golfers in 128 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas.

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