Female golfers make up less than 20% of memberships in most golf clubs but Honiton Golf Club us striving to change that.

Working closely with England Golf, HGC has recently been awarded the Women in Golf Charter. This prestigious accreditation signals the on-going commitment to support, enable, and inspire more women and girls in East Devon to take up the sport. In a way that’s fun, accessible and inclusive.

To launch a programme of initiatives HGC held a “Women on Par” Gin & Swing evening, with 42 women in attendance the night proved to be a huge success giving everyone the opportunity to learn about the health and social benefits that the game brings.  Many of those who were in attendance signed up to for the Club’s Open Day on April 19, along with the Golf Access Programme (a 10 week introduction to golf) which commences on May 10.

Jayne Jackson (Lady Captain) said: “We are delighted with the turnout for our first Women on Par event, the feedback has been extremely positive, which highlights the need to promote golf as a viable sport for women, it has also given us an opportunity to reach out to the local community and let them know about our club and what it has to offer.”

Paul Hill (Club President) added: “I am extremely encouraged to see that there are so many women who want to find out more about golf and we are committed to supporting these initiatives.  It has been a wonderful event.”

In addition to Women on Par, HGC have been successful in their application for Girls Golf Rocks, another England Golf initiative, which is aimed to introduce girls from the age of 5 to 18 to golf, this programme is due to commence on May 30.

To find out more about upcoming events, or register your interest please email: secretary@honitongolfclub.co.uk

On Tuesday this week we played for the Cyril Dann Trophy. Cyril Dann was a much-loved regular player in the Tuesday Mixed competitions and following his death a couple of years ago his daughter, Carolyn, donated a trophy in his memory. Carolyn presented the trophy to the winning team of Cathy Uttley, Hilda Hoepelman, Rob Grove and Steve Blundell.