There is a complete modernisation taking place at Glencruitten Golf Club which will benefit juniors the most.
There is a complete modernisation taking place at Glencruitten
Golf Club which will benefit juniors the most.
To outsiders the club's revival began with its first ever junior
open day last month - so popular it was that all 15 attendees
signed up for coaching at the club.
But the transformation to junior friendly club started well
before that and a new, younger club committee, to above all bring
in more youth, has in the words of members been 'a breath of fresh
The first step in reviving its flagging junior set up was
joining forces with the national junior programme, ClubGolf, and
finding five members who have since become trained and qualified
through the PGA as Level 1 coaches.
Coaches, helpers and resident professional Terry Burgoyne, as
well as Colin Fisher, the pro at the World of Golf in Clydebank are
all supporting the junior drive.
"The kids loved the coaching," said the club's ClubGolf
Coordinator, John MacKinnon. "Many of the first 15 children
came from the local schools and a lot are from non-golfing
"Since the ClubGolf coaching we have had a lot of children
coming forward and asking for coaching. 15 or 16 children came for
the coaching, and we have had a lot of names coming forwards to go
to the next lot."
The club's coaching group has the capacity to teach 25
juniors. Additional support has come from a £500 award from
the Rotary Club for junior coaching. The club has recently
invested 15 sets of junior equipment, it is building a junior
locker room and organising a junior committee, with a captain and
vice captain so that youngsters will have more of a voice.
One by one the traditional obstacles to juniors taking up the
game have been felled. Perhaps the biggest is the planned
reduction of junior membership fees.
"We are doing everything to become accommodating to the kids,"
said MacKinnon. "To help that we have just decided to offer
half price junior membership, which for under 12s is £20 and for
the next age group to 17 is £90 a year.
Recognising it has a hiatus amongst the younger adults who can't
afford the jump in membership fees when they become 21 years old,
it has extended its 18 to 21 membership, which is £120, to the age
The recent changes at Glencruitten have been welcomed by the
members and committee alike.
"Admittedly a lot of the members weren't sure what to expect
when we brought up some of the ideas at the AGM," continued
"But people are changing their minds about kids because the kids
are well behaved and controlled when they come to the
clubhouse. There has been an amazing turnaround."
Taynuilt GC and Isle of Seil Golf Clubs have been giving
ClubGolf coaching for some years and have built strong bonds with
their local schools, which deliver ClubGolf's schools introductory
game. Dalmally GC has also trained Level 1 coaches in 2012 to
offer ClubGolf coaching."
Glencruitten offering ClubGolf for the first time will have an
impact in the larger area, making golf at a club accessible to
children in every local school.
Dale Kupris, Active Schools Coordinator, Oban & Lorne
Cluster has been a key promoter of the ClubGolf programme and is
delighted to see the club on board as a new deliverer of the
"It is fantastic news that we have every club in the area
offering clubgolf. It had been a long process getting all the
clubs and schools on board with ClubGolf but over the years there's
been a steady process in place so we managed to finally to do
it. It's very positive and I'm very pleased about
To find out more about ClubGolf coaching at Glencruitten Golf
Tel: 01631 562 868