YES – We did it. We won the award for Club of the Year!
Hazel Grove Golf Club’s status as a welcoming and inclusive venue for members, visitors and the wider community has earned it the title of Club of the Year at the 2022 England Golf Awards sponsored by Adidas.
The Cheshire facility impressed the judges with the wide range of activities on offer that has made the club a hub for locals in the Stockport area.
The parkland course – with views over Manchester and the Cheshire plains – was founded in 1913 and prides itself on providing quality golf all year round.
Re-modelling of bunkers on the course and the provision of a new coaching facility complete with a golf simulator proved a hit with members and guests.
Off the course, the club has really excelled in recent times with a new governance structure in place and coaching opportunities for young and old.
The club teamed up with the Stroke Association and a local NHS practice to offer lessons for a rehab group.
PGA professional James Rowlands and his team took coaching into the community by offering classes at local schools and colleges.
Club competitions are now open to men and women while the club has introduced gender-neutral tees.
Hazel Grove has recently become the 400th English signatory to The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter – underlining its commitment to improving opportunities for females to play the game or to consider a career in the golf industry.
Led by a new management board and backed up by a far-sighted members’ council, Hazel Grove is in a strong position going forward to deal with challenges around club management, sustainability and membership.
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PGA pro and club manager James Rowlands said: “It’s amazing – we’re overwhelmed.
“We put so much work into this in the last two or three years to build up the club.
“We’ve restructured the management board, we introduced equality and inclusivity in our competitions and we’ve worked with community groups and pushed to get SafeGolf and the Women in Golf Charter.”
Chairman Michael Jones added: “Importantly this is recognition for the hard, hard work of employees and our fantastic volunteers who have taken this club forward and we’re in a really exciting place at the minute and long may it continue.
“Golf is a great sport and this is a great golf club. “