Cookridge Hall Golf Club, Yorkshire

Cookridge Hall GC 1

Introduction to Club
Cookridge Hall was set up in 1997 as fully equal status golf club.  GolfMark therefore fits in completely with our clubs philosophy and culture and consequently Cookridge Hall was the first club in Yorkshire to be awarded GolfMark in 2007 and was awarded High Achiever status in 2010.  

More Players
Cookridge Hall proactively engages with all members of the community in North Leeds, including many schools within the inner city who have now experienced golf. Over 1000 pupils per year, in Year 4 have been given free golf lessons at the club.  Those showing promise or interest to improve are then invited to a taster session at the Performance Centre during the school holidays and over 50% of youngsters then take up the offer of further subsidised lessons, both boys and girls.  Of these over 25% then continue to have group lessons in the Performance Centre.  Parents are also introduced to session at the same time as their children which has proved successful and we feel that this is the way forward as families are more likely to continue in golf if all members are participating.

More Members
As a proprietary facility the owner and the members work closely together to ensure the future prosperity of the club.  Innovative membership packages for adults have ensured that Cookridge is one of the few clubs in the area with full membership. The Club has also introduced a ‘Corporate Membership’ for schools, which enables a number of named students to have a five-day membership for 18 months, for a nominal cost to each student.

Obtaining Funding
Through GolfMark, we have been able to access funding through England Golf, the Golf Foundation, and the R&A and this funding has enabled us to continue to deliver and improve our programmes, particularly for juniors.  

Outreach Work
It is not only within the club where we have been able to promote GolfMark. The Golf Foundation designated Leeds as its City of Golf for 2011-13 and Cookridge Hall was asked by the Leeds Golf Development Group to communicate and share its innovative methods across a number of clubs in Leeds. 

Improved Image
The development of the juniors has led to regional and national recognition for our club. This has raised the club’s profile and has given us a reputation for being forward thinking and progressive, which in turn has attracted a younger age profile of adult member than many other local clubs which will help to sustain the future of our club.

Cookridge Hall has a full junior pathway in place from youngsters starting in the game up to scratch players, which is widely admired throughout the region and this has been recognised by the presentation of the GolfMark High Achiever award.

Improving Governance
Our Junior Organiser is an integral member of the Governing Committee and gives a report on the progress with Junior Development at every Governing Committee meeting.  Safeguarding and Child Protection procedures are also reviewed regularly.
All sections of the club are also working closely together, especially the management and coaching teams.

The Future………
The club has worked with the GolfMark report and set targets to ensure that all areas that require attention are within plans and are at the forefront of the programmes the facility has in place.

Future competition success is in the hands of youngsters coming through the system.

In order to ensure that many of our low handicap junior golfers progress in the future, we are also working with Leeds City College and Leeds Metropolitan University to be involved in delivering a BTEC level 3 golf qualification and a Foundation degree in golf. This will enable youngsters to have a route into a career in golf which will be a benefit to them and to the game of golf as a whole.