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New Zealand Courts Women Golfers

This “Getting Women into Golf” initiative was led by Marnie McGuire, Waikato Golf’s SportsForce Golf Development Manager, in partnership with the Raglan Golf Club. Initially, Marnie approached the club and outlined the programme. The club were very interested in both the programme and the potential outcomes.

The objectives of the programme were to introduce new women to golf and allow existing members to improve
their own game through coaching. To make the programme work, the club was required to firstly promote the initiative to the local community. They also needed to locate, within their membership, a number of volunteer coaches to assist with the delivery of the programme.

These volunteer coaches would also be the ongoing contacts for the new women attending the clinics. The club identified approachability, friendliness and willingness to help as three key attributes of the potential coaches.

Golfing knowledge came secondary to the ability to engage with people and give them a good experience at the club. 3
key members were identified to lead the coaching. To alleviate their concerns regarding their relative lack of golf coaching skills Marnie McGuire ran a 45 minute session prior to each clinic. This outlined the programme and taught them the skills required for the day, identifying each of their roles throughout the clinic. Over the course of 4 weeks, Waikato Golf ran 2 hour clinics each Saturday from 1-3 pm. The clinics targeted new golfers and existing members covering all parts of the game. This was followed by the Raglan Golf Club providing a relaxed social event afterwards to create that fun social environment.

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