Scottish Golf Courses

Women's Golf Day gets prime June date

Worldwide initiative to get women and girls into golf looking to encourage venues in Scotland to get involved 

By SCG Newsdesk

Statistics show that just over one in ten golfers in the UK is female, compared to one in four in Europe. With those statistics in mind, it is easy to see why women’s golf is regarded as an untapped market by many leading industry figures.

A now global initiative called Women’s Golf Day (WGD) is hoping to bring more women and girls into the sport, giving them the opportunity to experience the game for the first time. The day is being hosted at golf course and retail locations around the world, on the same day, June 6, 2017, and organisers have told Scottish Club Golfer they are looking for Scottish venues to take part.

WGD launched in 2016 to introduce women and girls to the game and encourage existing golfers to tee it up in a ‘fun and highly-inclusive environment’.

The inaugural one day, four-hour event, spanned 28 countries in 485 locations and introduced thousands of new golfers to the sport.

POTENTIAL

This year, there are over 500 events taking place in 36 countries, and organisers are hoping to get as many Scottish venues involved as possible.

UK Ambassador for WGD, Emma Ballard, said the day has “huge potential” and has worked tirelessly to get the message across that it’s “not some kind of feminist movement”. She said there were a number of events taking place where men were being encouraged to bring along a female friend or relative to simply try the game and get a taste of the sport.

“I volunteered to help out with the day because I truly believe that women and girls participation is at a turning point, so it’s a great time to highlight golf and use the power of social media to really create an international buzz around the day,” said Ballard.

“However, to achieve this I am on a mission to raise the profile of the day and recruit as many venues as possible over the coming weeks. With Machrinhanish Dunes the only Scottish venue signed up so far, I have a big task ahead of me. WGD 2017 is already up to 305 venues in 36 countries, so I’m appealing to the great Scottish venues out there to come on board at support the day.”

WGD founder Elisa Gaudet said the day was a great opportunity for the golf community to come together for the betterment of the sport as a whole.

CELEBRATION

“Last year we were able to fulfil our mission to engage, empower and support women and girls through golf,” said Gaudet. “It is an event that transcends language, culture, religion and race, and is a true celebration of golf, women and community.”

The 2017 WGD will take place on Tuesday, June 6. This one day, golf experience for women and girls is open to all interested participants around the world. WGD hope to increase the profile of the international event even more in 2017.

To register as a 2017 host venue (open to public/private golf courses, practice ranges, retailers) or to find out more information regarding Women’s Golf Day please visit womensgolfday.com or email emma@medi8ltd.co.uk

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