Top honour for golf club

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Morley’s Howley Hall is the first golf club in Yorkshire to be awarded the latest GolfMark accreditation and Sport England’s ClubMark award from England Golf.

GolfMark is a national certification recently updated and enhanced to better meet golf club requirements in today’s challenging commercial landscape.

Club president Stephen Bestwick said: “Howley Hall Golf Club is committed to making the great game of golf accessible to the local community. Our aim is to grow the club’s profile and encourage membership in all categories with particular emphasis on attracting families, ladies and juniors to the club.

“To receive this endorsement reflects our commitment to promoting the game and delivering the best possible experience to our loyal members and our visitors.

“Everyone is welcome to come and see what our family friendly club has to offer.

“I would also like to recognise the work of the Board and particularly past captain Colin Roberts who led us through the GolfMark process.”

Mr Roberts said: “Howley Hall Golf Club and the team here worked very hard to become the first club in Yorkshire to achieve England Golf Union’s new GolfMark accreditation. I was delighted when the news came through confirming that we had met all the accreditation criteria and demonstrated that the club has the correct vision, plans, policies, facilities and management structure necessary to deliver excellence to its membership and visitors.”

Yorkshire County Development Officer Tom Freeland said: “I am really pleased and proud that Howley Hall has achieved GolfMark, showing a real commitment to improving their club. GolfMark really helps a club to identify improvements in their current processes and attract and retain members, through best practices and case studies.

“Throughout the whole process it was clear to see that Howley Hall is a welcoming and friendly club, with great facilities and effective coaching practices for all age ranges and abilities.”