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Dollar Golf Club

20 June 2013

Dollar Golf Club, established in 1890, is one of Scotland’s oldest golf clubs. From the mid 2000s Dollar Juniors enjoyed notable success at county and national level. However, recently the club’s grass roots activity has almost ceased to exist. In order to reverse the decline, the club agreed to give junior golf a higher priority and implement a raft of child friendly changes to inspire membership.

The club applied to the EDF Burnfoot Hill Community Fund, administered by Foundation Scotland, for funding which would contribute to the cost of setting out and maintaining a junior 9-hole flag training and competition course within the existing 18-hole course and to provide professional coaching. The aim  to create opportunities for up to 60 young people aged between 7 and 14 to benefit from training by club members who have received PGS certification. This is part of a programme of development which is being supported by ClubGolf, the junior golf development and mentoring programme in Scotland.

The grant is enabling the club to sow the seeds of grassroots golf development. Since the programme commenced, the club has seen an increase of 25% in new members and in particular the number of females showing an interest has risen. It is hoped that they can continue to encourage more females to pick up a club and learn to play the game.
Work hasn’t been limited to members of the golf club itself. The volunteer coaches have worked with the local primary school. In particular, liaising with Primary 5 pupils, they have designed a course within the school grounds and provided lessons using plastic golf clubs and balls.

Donald Malcolm, Junior Programme Officer, said “The grant has enabled the Junior Gold committee to plan with confidence and accelerate the development of the ClubGolf programme. Due to the straightforward funding process through EDF Burnfoot Hill Community Fund, we have been able to develop the Club and take a more dynamic and innovative approach.”

“It is the club’s intention that we move forward and not only encourage children to participate, but offer a programme for adults, and offer the opportunity for all members of the family to pick up a club and enjoy a round of golf together.”

 

 

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