South Moor Golf Club in County Durham may have a reputation as the Augusta of the North but are now offering free golf lessons for women and girls.


Enlightened attitudes and golf are words not always seen in the same sentence.

This might seem to be the case at South Moor Golf Club in County Durham, which founded in 1923, has a earned a reputation the Augusta of the North. It was, after all, created by the same genius who designed Augusta National, Yorkshireman Alister MacKenzie. But in announcing England Golf funding which will enable women and girls to have a go at golf for free, South Moor have illustrated they are up with the times.

During May and June, female beginners can enjoy free "taster" coaching sessions at the club in the evenings with all equipment provided and no mandatory dress code. 

Shaun Cowell, one of South Moor's PGA professionals, said:

"Women have always been regarded as equals at our club. We have taken this step to encourage women and girls to try golf because we feel the sport as a whole suffers from an unfair stereotype where females are concerned.

"Under this England Golf coaching scheme, if girls under 18 enjoy our taster sessions they can have a free series of golf lessons."

Anybody who wants details should ring Shaun or his fellow PGA pro Mark Ridley on 01207 283 525, email

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