European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley is backing ClubGolf’s bid to get more children into golf by giving his support to the £20 Junior Membership Offer, which is now available across Scotland.
Funded by the Scottish Government, the scheme - which returns
for a second year - offers youngsters involved in ClubGolf coaching
a terrific money-saving voucher. This can be redeemed at ClubGolf
clubs against the cost of the child's first membership to help
boost junior numbers around the country.
McGinley, who played alongside a group of former ClubGolfers
during the recent Ryder Cup 'Year to Go' celebrations at
Gleneagles, is calling on young golfers to take advantage of this
fantastic saving so they, like him, can benefit from the
"Becoming a member of a golf club offers children so many things;
not least the chance to play this great game and have fun out on
the golf course, but also the opportunity to learn the etiquette
and manners, which sets our sport apart from so many others," said
"The £20 Junior Membership Offer, therefore, is a terrific
incentive to make that all-important first membership even more
affordable for families and it would be great to see as many
youngsters as possible take advantage of it."
In 2013, more than half of all first-time junior members joined a
club after taking part in ClubGolf coaching (50% of boys and 61% of
girls), representing an important milestone for the
Over 4,500 children enjoyed coaching at Scottish clubs immediately
following their introduction to ClubGolf in primary schools last
year. ClubGolf Manager Jackie Davidson hopes assisting parents with
a £20 saving, which could reduce junior fees by more than half,
allows a great number of these young novices to join a club.
"I'm delighted that we have been able to bring such an incredible
offer to children taking part in ClubGolf coaching in schools and
clubs, and owe a great deal of thanks to the Scottish Government
for their ongoing funding support," she said.
"As well as introducing as many young people as possible to golf
ahead of the Ryder Cup in 2014, it's our mission to increase the
number of junior club members in Scotland for the foreseeable
"Hopefully, over the coming months, we'll see that our £20
discount has made a real impact for kids and clubs, and,
ultimately, created more lifelong members, who will be so important
to Scottish golf clubs in the years and decades to come."
First Minister Alex Salmond, one of the strongest supporters of
ClubGolf, is delighted the Scottish Government has been able to
extend its backing of the £20 Junior Membership Offer, through its
additional funding of the annual ClubGolf Festival.
The First Minister said: "Scotland is the home of golf - we want
to ensure this sport has a bright future, which means generating
and sustaining an interest in golf from an early age.
"Clubs help keep this great game alive and we therefore have a
duty to offer access to as many youngsters as we possibly can. I am
delighted to support this superb offer for children who are
involved in ClubGolf, giving them the chance to take up a discount
on their first junior golf club membership.
"Hopefully, with the help of the fantastic team at ClubGolf and
offers such as these, more young people than ever before will
decide to become club members for the first time in 2014"
Parents can download a voucher for their child by completing the
application form on the ClubGolf website
When taking out their child's very first junior membership,
parents should simply present the voucher at the club where their
child receives ClubGolf coaching to receive their £20
To find your nearest ClubGolf club, visit
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone ClubGolf directly on 01334