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A Pembrokeshire Golf Club has seen its membership rise by 23% since reopening in May. It is also operating a waiting list for its New 2 Golf scheme due to the volume of local people now wanting to take up the game. But it might have been a very different story had the club not been able to pay its rent or be able to maintain its course.

Fortunately, however, South Pembrokeshire Golf Club can start looking ahead with confidence after it received a £5,000 grant from Sport Wales’ Emergency Relief Fund, supported by Welsh Government.

Rental costs to Pembrokeshire County Council were covered and, while two greenkeepers were furloughed, the club was able to use the funding to ask one to stay on to make sure the course was ready for reopening. This also allowed local people to use the space for daily exercise during lockdown.

Club Captain John Parsons explains: “With all council parks closed, this was the only large available safe area in Pembroke Dock which members of the community could access. In particular, the paved paths proved a boon to disabled citizens and wheelchair users as well as young families with prams and pushchairs. Many of them have subsequently thanked the club for this. Without the grant and the greenkeeper being on site, this would not have been possible and local people would have suffered.

“We have made all of the necessary adaptations as required by Wales Golf to enable us to resume play safely. Since re-opening, our membership has increased and there is significant local interest in our New 2 Golf scheme which we run with the support of Wales Golf. It is now fully subscribed with a waiting list. 

“Long before the Coronavirus crisis struck, we were working extremely hard to make our club a welcoming place, far from the stuffy old image of many golf clubs. And we have picked up where we left off, thanks to the emergency funding enabling us to be in a position where we could re-open quickly. 

“Of the current cohort registered, 67% are ladies which reflects our drive to introduce golf to all parts of our local community and enable people to get involved in a new sport.”

New funding to help protect and prepare Welsh sport

South Pembrokeshire Golf Club were one of over 300 community clubs and organisations that shared more than £600k of Emergency Relief Funding from Sport Wales, supported by Welsh Government. 

To help protect even more community clubs and organisations across Wales, and enable them to prepare for sporting life alongside Covid-19, we’ll be announcing a major new fund on Tuesday 7 July. Make sure you’re kept fully informed by signing up for our Be Active Wales newsletter

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