12th_fairway_250wFree golf open days for visitors – both men and ladies – are to be staged at Skipton Golf Club to showcase the well-known course, as the club prepares to enter a ground-breaking new era in its long and proud history.

Ongoing flood relief work by the Environment Agency, primarily around the former 17th hole, has been offset by an interim layout, incorporating a shortened 17th and a new par three hole, which has ensured that a full 18 holes of golf have been available at all times.

Work to build two brand-new holes and extend the current 9th into a par 5 will take place off the existing course, with no disruption to play during construction. The work to lengthen the 9th is scheduled to begin soon, with the new holes starting in spring 2017. Other course improvements, including improvements to bunkers and drainage has already started.

The free open days are being organised by Skipton Golf Club director Sarah Coy, who is responsible for promotions. The men’s open day takes place on Sunday, July 31, to be followed by a ladies’ open day on Monday, August 15.

Sarah said: “While work on the town’s flood alleviation scheme has had a limited effect on our visitor numbers, we remain keen to spread the word that the course is fully open and in play and will continue to be so as development and improvement work continues.

“We decided to stage two free open days in anticipation that people will want to come and play, and to view and learn at first hand exactly what is going on around the course – without having to pay for the privilege!”

Sarah also reports that the club is introducing a three-month beginners’ trial membership for those new to golf at a cost of £150 to include three lessons with our resident PGA Professional.

She explained: “We’ve already introduced taster sessions and beginner lessons and this new membership initiative forms part of our ongoing drive, supported by England Golf, to encourage new people into golf.

“Some people seem to think golf is too posh, time consuming, or boring, and only played by people of advancing years! It’s a far cry from that these days and we want to change some of those perceptions.

“Golf is a fascinating and enjoyable sport, with proven health benefits, and the picture postcard Skipton course is suitable for all ages and all abilities. We want to encourage people to participate and enjoy our wonderful facilities at every opportunity.”

Visitors wishing to sign up for the two open days, or find out more about the trial membership for beginners, should contact John Bailey on 01756 795657 or book online.

Skipton Golf Club remains one of the longest established golf clubs in the area. Founded in 1893, the club has been playing on its present site for 120 years since moving there in 1896.