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Friday, March 28, 2008

Buchanan Castle Golf Club Junior Open Day

clubgolf Press Release

Buchanan Castle Golf Club, which joined forces with the national junior golf programme, clubgolf, this year to encourage children and their families to play golf, is holding an Open Day for juniors this Sunday (30 March) between 11am and 4pm.

Recognising an absence of facilities in the area, the Club, near Drymen, has developed a six-hole course, which it plans to increase to nine, and a dedicated short-game area.

“Over the last season we have created a six hole Academy course, set up for juniors and we will develop another three, so ultimately we will have a nine hole par 3 course with holes from 60 to 240 yards,” said Keith Baxter, the Club’s professional.

“We’ll have a driving range as well this summer and we already have planning permission for covered bays too.

“It will be ideal for the kids and will give them a place they can come and develop their game without being intimidated on a big course. We hope this will create an environment where they can relax and enjoy it, remain playing golf and become full members.”

By joining forces with clubgolf, Mr Baxter can offer young golfers, particularly primary school-aged children who have experienced the programme’s introductory game, firstclubgolf, in school, a golf coaching programme which could take them right up to area coaching level.

This Sunday’s Open Day is an opportunity to welcome children and families, giving them a taste of what the Academy has to offer.

“The Open Day is primarily for children coming through the schools looking to progress, but if people come that are a bit more established or that are complete beginners we will be delighted to see them,” said Mr Baxter.

“We’ve started an Academy membership so children can join the wee course and use the practise facilities and the clubhouse. There’s coaching included in the first year’s membership so we can encourage and educate them.”

For information on Buchanan Castle GC and this weekend’s Open Day please contact the pro shop on Tel: 01360 660330.

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