Sky Sports News' Get Involved shows you how to take up golf

Last Updated: 10/04/13 4:36pm

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Golf fans will be glued to the Masters from Thursday when the game's best head to Augusta for the first major of the season.

But golf truly is a game for all - so why not Get Involved?

At Pavenham Park Golf Club, in Bedford, they are promoting the SNAG initiative - Starting New At Golf - a concept aimed primarily that allows kids to hit, putt and chip the ball more easily.

"Golf is a great discipline; it's a hobby you can take up for the rest of your life."
Alan Walker, Garon Park

"It gets them hitting the ball straight away, so it's the feel-good factor as well," said former Ladies European Tour player Samantha Head. "We have a lot of games we play so it's good fun for the children."

Garon Park, in Essex, was facing administration three years ago but thanks to the vision of its director Alan Walker it has been transformed into a facility for all, with a particular emphasis placed on getting kids involved.

"We had five junior members when we took over and we now have over 150. The focus is always on getting junior golfers to come to the club, to learn to play and get involved in the sport.

"It's a great discipline; it's a hobby you can take up for the rest of your life."

Junior ambassador Dulcie Sverdloff is Garon Park's biggest success story. Still a teenager she has a handicap of plus two and later this year she will start at one of the most prestigious golf colleges in the US.

Their junior programme is blossoming but with initiatives aimed at adults too, they are seeing equal interest at the other end of the age spectrum.

"These are all programmes where people start to play in groups and meet with our professionals and enjoy the camaraderie of doing some other exercise.

"But we want to take them further forward. If there is a failing, it is if you get them to start you've got to take them through and get them physically playing the game. That's the key.

Despite many different perceptions, golf is accessible and affordable to all so what are you waiting for? Get Involved now.

Want to find out more? Then visit the following websites...

Get into Golf - http://www.getintogolf.org/

SNAG - http://www.snaggolf.com/

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