With Kiwi golf sensation Lydia Ko now firmly recognised on the world stage, the sport of golf is enjoying a high profile.
Golf in Waikato is going from strength to strength. The team at Waikato Golf and Sport Waikato have been working closely with several clubs to provide new opportunities for participation in the game.
Hukanui Golf Club and Waikato Golf have been working on introducing a new sport to the region – Footgolf. Come along to the next “Footgolf Have a Go Day” at Hukanui Golf Club on Sunday October 11.
Waikato Golf’s SportsForce office, Marnie McGuire has been conducting women’s beginner golf clinics at Waikato courses. This has been an overwhelming success, seeing women’s memberships on the rise.
The clinic runs for two hours once a week, over a four-week period and women new to the game learn how to drive, chip and putt in a fun social environment.
“The key to the success of this programme is creating a fun environment where the women are all at the same level, laughing at the bad shots and celebrating the successes,” says Marnie.
“It is always amazing to watch the progress of the ladies over the four week period.”
Look out for the next women’s beginner clinics in your area: Te Awamutu Golf club starting on Tuesday October 13 and Matamata Golf club starting on Saturday October 31.
There is a growing number of junior golf programmes around Waikato. These are six to eight week programmes running term-by-term. If you want your children to learn about golf, check out the following clubs’ junior programmes: Cambridge GC, Te Awamutu GC, Ngahinapouri GC, Riverside Golf Club and Hamilton Golf club.
Waikato Golf and Riverside Golf Club are pleased to announce the first ever Girls’ Golf Academy based at Lochiel Golf Course. Hosted by New Zealand’s top woman professional, Marnie McGuire and Riverside Golf Club professional, Craig Carrington, the two combine their experience to provide girls the opportunity to perhaps follow in Lydia Ko’s footsteps.
“New Zealand’s first girls only golf academy will allow girls the opportunity to learn the game together, have fun socialising and grow their love of golf,” says Marnie.
“Boys and girls learn differently, so this initiative is endeavouring to meet the needs of young women. Hopefully we can grow the numbers of young women playing golf and provide them a pathway through the game to whichever level they choose, be that for fun or for competition.”
Look out for this programme at Riverside GC, Lochiel Course starting Wednesday October 28 from 4pm-5pm for six weeks.