Eight Edinburgh golf clubs are aiming to attract new members at a special showcase event that has been dubbed ‘Super Sunday’.
Edinburgh Golf, the umbrella body involving clubs in the Capital, also launches a new Junior Series tomorrow as part of its membership drive.
The ‘Super Sunday Open Day’ is being staged at Baberton, Broomieknowe, Craigmillar Park, Kingsknowe, Musselburgh, Swanston New and Turnhouse.
Also involved are Duddingston, although their event – each club has their own offers – takes place on Saturday.
“The Edinburgh Golf Super Sunday Open Day is about making it easy to join a golf club and each of the eight clubs involved have gone out of their way to simplify the process and welcome new members,” said spokesman Bill Buchan.
“The clubs will showcase themselves in a more modern way, highlighting the excellent service and the friendly welcome that awaits prospective members.
“Quite simply, today’s golf club is a different environment to a generation ago, and many different types of membership, whether that’s family, ladies, five-day, seven-day, youths or juniors, and payment methods, are available, so you are bound to find one that suits your needs.
“With summer upon us, with long, lazy light nights ahead, and with golf clubs beginning to form vibrant parts of the community, there is no better time to join. Visit any one of the Edinburgh Golf clubs at the weekend and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. There will be prize draws on offer for those who attend, and all those who sign up as a new member on the day will be entered into a draw for a bumper package!”
Baberton tees off the initiative’s Junior Series with a free-to-enter foursomes competition tomorrow.
“It is about promoting golf in a more social sense,” added Buchan. “An event will be held every week at the same time, every Friday, at each one of the 13 courses involved in Edinburgh Golf by rotation.
“Each club is free to make up its own format, with the only stipulation being that the event can last no longer than two hours and that it must be fun.
“For example, there may be six-hole challenges, one-hole knockouts, family foursomes, greensomes or three generation texas scrambles (ie grandparent, parent and child).
“Each club will promote a social aspect as well, so that adults can either play or regale themselves in the bar until the event closes.
“At the end of the Series, prizes will be awarded for loyalty (ie based on number of events played) rather than skill.”
Both initiatives deserve support as rather than sitting on their backsides and doing nothing the clubs involved in Edinburgh Golf are being pro-active.
They are also being watched by others in Scotland at a time when the game is battling to hold on to existing members, far less attract new ones.