Stoke Rochford Golf Club is awarded the Safe Golf accreditation from England Golf
Stoke Rochford Golf Club has received national recognition for their hard work off the course during the close season.
The club welcomed members for the first time in almost three months when lockdown eased in the last days of March and they will be open to visiting and guest golfers from Monday, April 12.
However, things have been far from quiet on and off Stoke Rochford’s 18-hole parkland course as they prepared for the much-anticipated return of golf.
The club was awarded the Safe Golf accreditation from England Golf last week for its work in safeguarding children, young and vulnerable people.
SafeGolf is a partnership of UK golf bodies which aims to ensure clubs are safe and positive places for all players, staff and volunteers, with particular emphasis on safeguarding for children, young and vulnerable people.
The award complements Stoke Rochford’s ongoing aim to attract more young golfers.
Mike Heath, Stoke Rochford’s secretary who has driven the application, said: “To achieve this we had to ensure our procedures and operations had the necessary safeguards and representatives to ensure the right environment was in place for this section of our community.”
As last year, the club again acted proactively during the shutdown, keeping all of their greenstaff on to ensure the course was in top shape for play the moment golf returned.
Changes have also been made to several holes to keep returning golfers on their toes, including a new bunker on the 10th and the removal of another on the 11th.
The club has also increased the size of its changing facilities, and introduced a new changing area for non-members in a former office to cater for the growing number of golf societies paying a visit.
Club professional James Bennett will reopen his shop on April 12 and a marquee has been put up on the patio to allow stewards Cris and Lis Van Den Enden to offer a takeaway for snacks and refreshments before the clubhouse can reopen and offer meals from Monday, May 17.
Mike added: “We are all pleased to be back playing golf, even with the current restrictions.
“We have been blessed that we have been able to retain the majority of our members over these difficult times, with one kind member offering to subsidise members who have been less fortunate.”
In another significant move, the club is now working with CountryWide Hotels, the new owners of neighbouring Stoke Rochford Hall, to offer golf packages of accommodation and play throughout the year.
For more information on visitors’ golf and upcoming competitions at Stoke Rochford, visit www.stokerochfordgolfclub.co.uk