Golf tees up a membership boost

A seaside golf course is enjoying a membership boom in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

While Mundesley Golf Club has suffered three months of lost income from lockdown and has had to furlough some greenkeeping and clubhouse staff, it has also seen a sharp rise in people joining since restrictions began to ease.

Ryan Pudney, club director of golf said: “Fifty-seven new members have joined since lockdown eased on May 13, taking our increase this year to 70.

“Some of that is people from other sports taking up golf because we, and tennis, were among the first to be playable after the height of the crisis.

“But it is also reaping the seeds sown during a membership drive which began two years ago through our proactive committee, including taster sessions for schools, girls, group coaching, trial three-month membership and being a friendly nine-hole club.”

Director of golf Ryan Pudney (at the back) with members Steve Smith, Graham Turner and Paul Ellis at the course, where membership is enjoying a surge.

Golf in general was enjoying a resurgence at the moment, he added, but Mundesley was doing particularly well, with 400-plus members.

The club had also been keeping in touch with members during lockdown through personal phone calls, emails, newsletters and online quizzes.

“Golf will be changing as we go forwards, but thanks to the hard work that has gone in we are facing the future with confidence,” said Ryan.

Competitive golf is due to restart in July, and he has begun coaching again, coinciding with the launch of his new website www.ryanpudneygolf.co.uk which allows online lesson bookings.

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