British Putting News

British Putting News

All golf facilities in Great Britain are invited to stage putting competitions at their venues this summer and if they do, British Putting will invite the winners of these competitions to compete in the inaugural British Open Putting Championship which will be held on the 1st and 2nd September at Basildon Golf Course, Essex.

Winners in four categories: kids (12 and under); teens (13-19) adults and seniors (over 65) from every putting competition nominated by the golf facility as the ‘qualifying’ competition for the BOPC will be invited to play in the 72 hole putting championship, which will be held over the two days.

Holding a putting competition at your club couldn’t be easier, just choose a date and time, and invite your members, their friends, local golfers and non-golfers to come and have a go.  Charge a nominal entry fee, perhaps to cover some prizes for winners on the day, and that’s it!   Some clubs we know are inviting sponsors to get involved, and some others we know are using the putting competition to raise money for local charities.

Jerry Kilby, the Co-Founder of British Putting said:  “We have been in contact with private members clubs who will be organising putting competitions for the members and proprietary clubs who will be welcoming participants from their local community.  We don’t mind, we are just happy that golf clubs are finding ways to utilise their putting greens better, and along the way get some new people involved in the game at this entry level, with a golf club in their hand, a ball at their feet and a putting course to play.  What a great way to get golfers’ spouses, partners, kids and parents involved in the club, and show how family-friendly the golf club really can be.”

Ever since cricket managed to reinvent itself so powerfully with Twenty-20, the golfing world has been looking for a similar equivalent: a shorter form of the sport, one that could be enjoyed by everyone, one that did not require a deep and profound understanding and skill level to enjoy, something that offered immediate excitement and fun.

With an estimated 5,000 grass and artificially-surfaced putting greens throughout the country, the facilities already exist, but are (in most cases) under-utilised and lying empty for much of the time.  The staging of putting competitions can change all that and bring people – both golfers and non-golfers – to your facility.

Many golf clubs, golf centres and indoor facilities have already submitted their details to British Putting via the website www.britishputting.com and all facilities with any type of putting green are invited to please register with British Putting and start planning your putting competitions for the spring and summer.  The cost is just £12 per month and you will keep all of the entry fees, sponsorship income and F&B revenue from each event, so the club is guaranteed to make a tidy profit.

British Putting is open to absolutely anyone and any facility can join up and host events and be part of the organisation.   British Putting will be sharing revenue-generating ideas and case studies (like the ones mentioned above) with registered venues every month, so please register and get involved. 

We will be covering this in much more detail in the coming months. There are so many great opportunities to seize with this sport within a sport, which is now emerging to far greater prominence.

Please contact Colin Jenkins 07768 887033, colin@ogro.org, or Jerry Kilby 07821 908597, jerry@kandagolf.com 

To find out more information, sign up and register your interest, please visit: www.britishputting.com

Calling all Golf Coaches Do you give putting lessons?

If you do, you should consider getting involved in British Putting, the new national programme that is focused on getting more people to putt – the easiest first step to take towards playing golf.

Less than 8% of the UK population play the full length game of golf, but perhaps 88% of the UK population can putt, and have a great deal of fun and enjoyment with friends and family when they do.

If you have an Adventure Golf facility at your golf club, great, but if you don’t, you can use your putting green.  Set up a six, nine or eighteen-hole course (whatever you can fit in) and then get organising a competition.

British Putting is inviting all PGA professionals who provide putting lessons to register as a coach, so visitors to our website can see where they can get lessons, clinics and learn to putt.   No doubt, you will be able to help those that want to step up to the full-length version of the game, but if they just want to have fun putting, we are sure you can help them do that at your facility.

To register as a coach, please visit our website www.britishputting.com and complete the online registration.  The cost is just £10.80 per month and this entitles you to an entry in our listing of putting coaches, and space where you can provide your name, contact numbers, email, website and any other information.   You will also be able to describe the coaching services you provide (individual and group lessons, school holiday golf camps, clinics and anything else), and finally, you will be able to plot your location on Google Maps, so people can find you easily.   A great value listing to advertise your golf coaching services.

We will be covering this in much more detail in the coming months. There are so many great opportunities to seize with this sport within a sport, which is now emerging to far greater prominence.

Please contact Colin Jenkins 07768 887033, colin@ogro.org, or Jerry Kilby 07821 908597, jerry@kandagolf.com 

To find out more information, sign up and register your interest, please visit: www.britishputting.com