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On January 17th 2017 ,  Tickenham were presented with their England Golf GolfMark renewal by Martin Higgs the County Development Officer and they join Taunton & Pickeridge and Worlebury as current holders of the updated accreditation in Somerset.

GolfMark is a national accreditation that has been designed to support all golf clubs, however big or small to achieve distinct operating standards in four areas of a club’s business activity;

Recruitment & Retention– supporting the club to attract new members and increase the participation of existing members Management & Sustainability– helping to develop the club  through practical business planning Coaching & Competitions– enhancing coaching and playing opportunities at the club for all golfers Safeguarding– ensuring the club has appropriate policies and procedures in place.

Several Clubs in the County are now currently working towards the award.



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Somerset Golf Development Group has been  formed to facilitate EG  strategic priorities  in Somerset with the help of the Somerset  County Development Officer Martin Higgs and other organisations.


England Golf have moved away from County Academy Programmes and restructured the way funding is allocated for County Coaching programmes.  Somerset Golf Development Group  has formed a Coaching Committee to overview funding for Junior golf in Somerset. This includes a new Player Pathway for boys and girls which incorporates a Development and a Futures squad as well as the existing  Performance squad. The cost for every junior in the county that joins one of these squads will be £50 a year and the rest of the funding comes from England Golf.The Somerset Golf  Coaching Committee has finalised  the new player pathways which  can be seen here                                                          




Lots of clubs are holding  recruitment events. Is your club interested? Contact Martin Higgs;  

Somerset Golf have some funds available to help clubs in recruitment and retention of members in all categories, Men, Ladies, Juniors, (girls and boys), Seniors and Disabled.

Click here to see the attached flier which gives examples of ideas that may help your club.

Apart from funding we also have equipment available (inflatable net, junior clubs etc.) for use on planned Open Days. Complete list here


If you would like further information regarding the flier or promoting your club at the Bath & West please contact Martin Higgs, Somerset’s Golf Development Officer, details on flier or  John Paterson, Chair SGDG .

email john@jpaterson5.orangehome.co.uk  or ring: 01823 690029 or 07966 524222



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