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Freedom Play to encourage participation
South Essex and Stapleford Abbotts Golf Clubs have created Freedom Play as a new way of joining a golf club, to encourage more golfers to take that step.
In Freedom Play, golfers pay a low annual subscription and get credits which they exchange for rounds of golf. Play at busy times and you use more credits: play when it’s quiet, and your credits go further.
“You can play in club competitions, get a golf handicap, and you belong to the club just like a full member,” said South Essex’s general manager Matt Mayfield.
“It’s ideal if you’re one of the thousands of golfers in the Brentwood, Romford or Basildon areas who feel they don’t play quite enough golf to justify a full annual membership.”
Local golfer Geoff Husband believes this makes joining a golf club a less forbidding prospect.
He said: “I think it’s a good way to get more involved at the club where you regularly play. £295 is a more reasonable price for someone like me who only plays around three or four times a month.”
Craig Greason, general manager at Stapleford Abbotts, added: “If you get out to play golf more than once a week, it makes sense to take up a full membership at a club.
“But if you’re playing less than that, Freedom Play gives you the flexibility to play when you want, without the feeling that you’re spending more than you need to on your golf.
“It’s a good balance, and fits the way many people’s life is at the moment.”
South Essex and Stapleford Abbotts are part of the Crown Golf group.
To contact the clubs call 01277 811289 for South Essex of 01708 381108 for Stapleford Abbotts or visit their websites www.southessexgolf.co.uk and www.staplefordabbottsgolf.co.uk.