GolfMark News

2016 Golfmark Club Competition Results:

This year's competition was played at Cotswold Hills Golf Club were teams took on the lightening greens and undulating fairways on one of the hottest days of the year.

Teams are made up of players from each section of the club (mens, ladies, seniors and juniors)

Winners were the Ross-on-Wye team of Peter and Sally Lawrence with Harry Griffiths and Hugh Elliott with 87 points - 7 points ahead of the home team of Rob, Claudia & Isobel Ovens with Brian Griffiths.

There were no two's scored on the day so the prize fund was donated to the Captains Charity LINC

Thank you Cotswold Hills Golf Club for hosting and your continued support.

Ross-on-Wye team: Peter and Sally Lawrence, Harry Griffiths and Hugh Elliott

The 2015 GolfMark Club Golf Competition was won by The Bristol Golf Club team of Sagren Rajh, Dave Wookey, Mitchell Stringer and Rachel Paul just pipping Cotswold Hills by one point.

Thursday 29th October saw 8 teams take part on what turned out to be a good day weather wise after a very wet start!

Nearest the Pins were won by:

2nd hole - ladies - Helen Cole(The Kendleshire) - 6th hole - Juniors - Ryan Prosser(The Kendleshire) - 14th hole - Seniors - Martin Pimlow(Ross-on-Wye) - the 11th hole for the Men proved too much!

2's were won by Ruth Pimlow(Ross-on-Wye) and Helen Cole (The Kendleshire) both won a dozen balls each.

Well done everyone !


Congratulations Bristol & Clifton!

16th May 2015

For full story see England Golf Press Release

19th February 2015

Bristol & Clifton Golf Club has been shortlisted for this year’s GolfMark Club of the Year award – many congratulations to all!

The winner will be announced at the Presentation Dinner at the Annual Conference taking place this year at Hinckley Wood GC, Leicestershire, on Thursday 16th April. England Golf introduced the ‘GolfMark - Club of the Year’Award in 2008 to recognise those facilities that have shown an outstanding and innovative contribution to developing golf and improving standards.

Gloucestershire’s County Development Officer, Debbie Casling, is delighted that at last a Gloucestershire  club has got this far in the process:  “We have been nominating clubs for a number of years now to promote all the good work they do.  Bristol & Clifton thoroughly deserve this award with all the work that they do for disability and inclusion.  They are a forward thinking club and are improving their coaching knowledge all the time to deliver the best possible experience.  Competition for this award is very high and hotly contested so to make the short list is credit in itself!”

Caren Mitchell, Academy Manager of the Paul Mitchell Golf Academy at Bristol & Clifton says "We are all so proud of Bristol & Clifton being one of three shortlisted clubs for GolfMark Club of The Year.  At the club we work hard to ensure golf is available to all, regardless of age or ability, and it is great to be recognised for this achievement. Congratulations to all at B&C"

Head professional Paul Mitchell added:
" It is a tremendous achievement and shows how forward thinking and fully inclusive Bristol and Clifton Golf Club truly is. We are honoured to have been shortlisted"






2014 News 

GolfMark Club Competition

Played at Thornbury GC on 29th July

The Bristol GC team won the 2014 competition with 96 points seven shots ahead of The Kendleshire GC.

For the past three years the Partnership has held this annual GolfMark Club Competition inviting one team from each GolfMarked club in the County to compete, in recognition of all their hard work obtaining GolfMark Accreditation. It is a ‘reward’ for all that effort! The format also shows integration within the clubs in line with the Accreditation process – all four sections, Men, Ladies, Seniors and Juniors are represented.

In the past this has been held as a qualifier for a regional event but unfortunately, due to funding cuts, this part has had to be removed but we hope that it will revert in the future.

TEAM PRIZE - sponsored by The Gloucestershire Golf Partnership
First: 96 points - Sagren Rajh - Dave Wookey - Mitchell Stringer - Barbara Lewis
The Bristol

Second: 89 points - John Pearce - Pat Evans - Charlie Patterson - Jennie Mealing
The Kendleshire

NEAREST THE PIN - sponsored by Golf Roots
Nearest the Pin on 2nd Hole for the Men - Andrew Fry - Long Ashton

Nearest the Pin on 6th hole for Seniors - Pat Evans - The Kendleshire

Nearest the Pin on 12th for Juniors - Charlie Patterson - The Kendleshire

Nearest the Pin on 14th for Ladies - Pat Johnson - Ross-On-Wye

Two's were recorded by the following:

6th hole: Sagren Rajh (The Bristol) - Ben Brooke (Brickhampton) -
               Chris Wagstaff (Gloucester)

14th hole: Mitchell Stringer (the Bristol) -Andy Fry (long Ashton) -
                  Ed Andrews (Gloucester) -


The Bristol Team

L-R Sagren Rajh,Dave Wookey, Barbara Lewis & Mitchell Stinger


The Kendleshire Team

L-R Pat Evans, Charlie Patterson, Jennie Mealing & John Pearce





GolfMark Accreditation for Three More of our Clubs

Congratulations to Bristol & Clifton, Shirehampton Park and Gloucester golf clubs on attaining the national GolfMark award – all with High Achiever Status!

The GolfMark award recognises a club’s attitude to all its sections and its beginner-friendly facilities which play such an important part in the development of the game, but inevitably it is the success of the Junior sections which hit the headlines.

Of course all three clubs were understandably delighted with their success and here is what their management teams had to say:

James Macpherson, Managing Secretary of Bristol & Clifton GC:

“The Club, together with the help from Head Coach Paul Mitchell and his staff, has been a long-time supporter of junior golf but has further developed the junior programme and plans to continue building closer links with local schools and the community.

“With the valued support of the newly appointed Club Welfare Officer, Chrissie Savage, the Club has made significant progress over the past 12 months and the Club will hopefully see the long-term benefits of the work with the juniors.”
The Bristol & Clifton Presentation  


Karen Rix, Secretary of Shirehampton Park GC:

“A lot of work has gone into achieving the coveted GolfMark status at Shirehampton Park. Thanks go Neil Treharne (immediate past Junior Organiser) who put in a lot of the initial groundwork which has now been so successfully developed by current JO Lena Holland. We obviously can't forget Sylvia Mills’ input with the little ones and Stuart Mounter for his work with the team matches.  It was extremely rewardingfor them and the junior team when they won their first silverware since 2001 in the Bristol & District Junior League Knock Out final.

“As a result of all their efforts and those of  other willing volunteers we now have good core of juniors and are providing regular Sunday coaching and trips to the driving range throughout the winter to keep the momentum going. This award is well deserved and hopefully will help continue to strengthen the section”


The Shirehampton Junior Team .... & Helpers!  


Colleen Seymour, Secretary of Gloucester GC:

“The GolfMark award has coincided with the opening of our new driving range at Gloucester Golf Club and I am was so proud to report after months of hard work that Gloucester GC has not only been awarded GolfMark but has also attained High Achiever status.

 “This year Professional Keith Wood, who has always been a keen supporter of the juniors, coached the young golfers to become English Junior Champions at Woodhall Spa and the club’s future plans and development will hopefully encourage more juniors from the local schools and academies to be introduced to the game. The Vice Captain, Chris Wagstaff, has many new ideas to encourage the junior section to become an even more active part within the club next year.”

Debbie Casling, County Development Officer for the Gloucestershire County Golf Partnership, said: “These three clubs have worked so hard to improve policies and procedures and to achieve GolfMark with 'High Achiever' is a well-deserved recognition of the time and effort invested in the future of the clubs”.

And finally there was, from all, a huge thank you to the Partnership’s Development Officer, Debbie Casling, who always gave her help so willingly!






Filton GC and Sherdons Golf Centre have been awarded Golfmark -- Filton with High Achiever status.

Many congratulations to both!

From Andrew Chivers, Chairman of the Junior Committee at Filton Golf Club

Over the last 15 months the Junior Committee worked hard and pushed for the highest standards that we could possibly achieve. As a Club our philosophy has changed and members now see the junior members as a crucial part of the Club’s strategy to increase its membership in the years ahead.

The numerous courses and form filling along with implementing new procedures into the golf club has not been easy, and of course we have been very fortunate to have so many willing members at the golf club wanting to help and give up their free time to become part of the Junior/Academy team, in what has been one of the many great success stories at Filton Golf Club.

With guidance from Brent Ellis (PGA Teaching Pro) who oversees the coaching sessions, we were able to form a new Academy membership and without any advertising it was an instant success. This accreditation is testament to the hard work that the Junior Committee and Golf Club have put into providing a safer, securer and friendlier environment where junior golfers and academy members can learn to play golf and have some fun. The Junior Committee feels very proud of this achievement and with this high accolade we can keep moving forward building a securer future for Filton Golf Club.

We would like to thank Debbie Casling personally for all her help and support over the last 12 months, which made our job in gaining Golf Mark a much easier journey.

From Richard Chatham, owner/secretary of Sherdons Golf Centre

We at Sherdons Golf Centre are highly delighted to have achieved the GolfMark award. the team at Sherdons has always maintained a highly responsible attitude to all those who have chosen to learn and subsequently play golf at the Centre, with special focus on Junior golfers we were a Golf Foundation Starter Centre, and achieved Junior GolfaMark,.

Over the past twenty years, many non players of all ages have been introduced to the game of golf at Sherdons.

Achieving the GolfMark status reflects that active responsibility and not only guarantees that attitude but is a benchmark by which to ensure continuation of that carefully controlled approach. Having built up a long term relationship with local clubs, schools and societies, this accreditation will open the door to further work in this field and guarantee support from the governing bodies in bringing the game of Golf to all who wish to play, regardless of age and initial ability.






We now have 15 Clubs with the GolfMark Accreditation – the latest are Cirencester, Forest Hills and Long Ashton .... all with High Achiever Status, joining  The Kendleshire, Broadway,  Minchinhampton New and Old in this prestigious group. Eleven more clubs are working towards GolfMark 

Bristol Golf Centre (Hambrook Driving Range) has received its RangeMark accreditation and the RB Golf Range & Teaching Academy in Coleford is working towards theirs.



CIRENCESTER's General Manager, Richard Collishaw, said:

“Cirencester Golf Club takes very seriously it’s commitment to the future of the game and GolfMark is an essential part of that future.

"I am delighted that we have achieved the required standard in this our centenary year.

"We are now better equipped to take the club into its second century."

LONG ASHTON general manager, Vicky Rose, writes:

"We are very pleased to have achieved our High Achiever award at Long Ashton Golf Club.

"We have been working very hard over the last year to reach out into our local community and make golf available to all. There have been special events for both ladies and men to introduce them to the game of golf and we have been very pleased with the response to our Tri Golf Sessions for the under 10-year olds. These have been very well attended with the spin off of children’s golf parties.

"Having just opened our brand new state of the art covered driving range we are looking forward to being able to offer a much more consistent programme of coaching for our Juniors including a Junior Target Golf League."

FOREST HILLS director, Alison Breton, had this to say:

"Working towards the Golfmark Award really made us think hard about our Junior Development Plan and we now hope to use all the systems we have in place to help beginners, and especially Juniors get more from their golf. We are really proud to receive a High Achiever award."

                      GOLFMARK FOR COTSWOLD HILLS

Cotswold Hills club manager, Annie Hale,  was understandably excited when her club was awarded GolfMark!

All of us at Cotswold Hills Golf Club are absolutely delighted to receive the GolfMark Award and Sport England’s ClubMark Accreditation.

At Cotswold Hills we are very fortunate in having members who encourage and help develop our youngsters. We have more than 70 junior members who can all benefit from the regular school holiday competitions and junior club plus coaching from the professionals.

They field teams in the North Gloucestershire Junior League and have matches against other sections of the Club.

For those just thinking about taking up golf we have the Cotswold Tigers. This is a programmed introduction to the game where they can learn, and have fun, before joining the Club.

There really is something for everyone.

We work with local schools and the university students, all of which helps us to ensure that we are doing all we can to encourage the next generation of golfers.

During the process of completing the work involved in achieving GolfMark, it became quite apparent that by following the format and putting in place the controls recommended, the accreditation created a sound and professional base from which to operate this exceptionally important area of the Club.

Many thanks to the Partnership’s Development Officer, Debbie Casling, for her help during the completion of this exercise.

We now very proudly display our certificates and plaque in the clubhouse!

Annie Hale
Club Manager 
Cotswold Hills Golf Club                         
15th October 2010


From Peter Murray-White
Junior Organiser
Broadway Golf Club

"We were one of the first clubs in Gloucestershire to be awarded GolfMark in 2007.

Our Junior Section was already a long established and vibrant part of the Club, but what GolfMark provided the Organising group, was a focus and discipline to improve many welfare, skills and development aspects of the young people playing golf at Broadway.

We were keen for this process to continue over the next 3 years and August 2010 culminated in our gaining the GolfMark High Achiever Award. This award further underlines our commitment to the very best practices as far as Junior golf is concerned and, as well as benefitting the young members we have, this nationally driven quality standard is an invaluable support for our recruitment process.

GolfMark is now a benchmark philosophy that runs throughout the Club and I would definitely endorse its undoubted merits to any organisation serious about their Junior Section and the future of golf."




The Kendleshire has been upgraded to ‘high achiever status’

A very happy, and proud, Club Secretary, Pat Murphy, had this to say:

"We are delighted to receive the high achiever award as a club. There is no doubt that there is a huge team effort involved in this. However it would not happen without a great junior committee, committed professionals and a group of boys and girls who make it all worth while because of their enthusiasm and love of the game. It must be fun for them.’’ Pat Murphy July 2010.

Junior Organiser, Gary Ward, remembered when he was a lad:  “There was nothing like this available for me and no structure for juniors at all. Now, seeing all the juniors turning up to our sessions really motivates me to do more for them .  The club is very proactive in supporting our juniors and they are all treated  fairly as members.

And here is how some of the youngsters enjoy their golf at The Kendleshire:

Rory (9) has only been a member for a couple of months and enjoys the roll up sessions – his mum Sarah says the main reason for joining The Kendleshire was that there is so much to do for the junior members.

Will (18) has been a member for 8 years and is a member of the Junior Committee – he says the club gives so much to the junior section he is helping to give something back.

Seventeen-year-old Ed has been a member for two years and is interested in coaching. He helps the Junior Organiser on the roll-up sessions and other coaches with their festivals.

Sisters Kimberley (7) and Carys (9) have been members for about a year and both enjoy the roll up sessions – Carys recently obtained her first handicap of 35 and plays regularly on the Academy and Main Course.  Dad Nick says Carys learning to play golf has boosted her confidence and the roll up sessions have brought her out of her shell.

The club has 95 juniors in the section (including seven girls) and usually between 50 and 60 of these are very active turning out to all sessions and competitions.


Professionals Tony Mealing & Tom Gillespie, Junior Organiser Gary Ward, Partnership CDO Debbie Casling,  Club Secretary Pat Murphy, Junior Committee Members, Jane Bridgeman & Will Hart
                               Proud Juniors at The Kendleshire







17th June 2010

For Immediate Publication

GolfMark brings positive benefit to golf clubs, according to a survey carried out by the English Golf Union (EGU) and English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA).

There are currently 333 golf clubs that have attained GolfMark and over 600 are in the process of accreditation for the EGU/EWGA scheme. GolfMark identifies and recognises junior and beginner-friendly golf facilities and incorporates Sport England’s ClubMark accreditation.

GolfMark clubs were asked to complete a survey and the results showed increased memberships, access to more funding/grants for coaching, and stronger links between clubs and schools and the community among those clubs who had achieved GolfMark. In addition, of those clubs taking part in the survey, 87% felt the GolfMark process had been beneficial (42% “very beneficial”/45% “beneficial”).

EGU and EWGA Golf Development Manager, Richard Flint, said: “We are very pleased with this feedback. GolfMark was designed to improve what clubs offer to junior and beginner golfers in line with the England Golf Partnership’s (EGP) vision to ‘Grow the Game’. We are delighted that after the hard work that those clubs have put in to achieve GolfMark, the vast majority of survey respondents believe the process has been beneficial.”

Other survey results indicated that 51% of respondents experienced an increase in membership, while 79% of clubs had created new links with schools, colleges or the wider local community. 33% felt the award had assisted in their recruitment of volunteers to help in player development.

The EGP partners have worked closely together to make progress in these areas. The EGU and EWGA are seeing results of coordinated club initiatives that welcome many new players. The Golf Foundation has transformed the culture of golf in schools working closely with PGA professionals and other EGP partners, while the PGA is helping partners to develop talent in clubs and the community with added support from more volunteers of all ages.

Some 57% of clubs believed they had enjoyed increased awareness/recognition in the local community and importantly 65% had received support from their membership whilst going through the process of accreditation.

The EGU and EWGA emphasize that their team of development officers are available to help golf clubs every step of the way with GolfMark, and 93% of respondents have maintained contact with their development officer following accreditation to continue to look for further ways to improve recruitment and retention of members.

GolfMark is open to any affiliated golf club and more information on the full range of benefits is available on the GolfMark website,

GolfMark is an initiative jointly provided by the EGU and EWGA via the England Golf Partnership’s ‘Whole Sport Plan’ for golf and is an integral part of England Golf’s vision to ‘Grow the Game’.







A very proud Stinchcombe Hill sent us these words:

"Stinchcombe Hill Golf Club is delighted and proud to have been awarded GolfMark Accreditation. This has been achieved following the tremendous effort that has been put in by all concerned at the Club.


Thanks must go in the first instance to the late Don Harmer who worked tirelessly for the development of Junior Golf for many years at both club and county level prior to his untimely passing away earlier this year.


Thanks also go to the new Junior Organiser, Graham Terry, ably supported by the Junior Committee and in particular Di Valentine, Olive French, Professional Paul Bushell and many other members and parents who have helped with coaching sessions for young persons throughout the summer."


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