The LET Access Series heads to the North East to Ramside Hall next week – the first tournament to be hosted in the UK after a three-year hiatus.

The LET Access Series will descend on the Durham club in the first UK stint of the Trust Golf Link Series. Teeing off from 6 ­– 8 July, it will be the first time the series has been hosted in England since before the pandemic. And the first event of its kind in the North East.

“We’re absolutely ecstatic to host an event like this” Helen Roseberry, Director at Ramside Hall Golf Club, told us.

“And it’s great to see such an impressive standard of women’s golf coming through.”

Ladies Secretary Christine Goot added, “we have a really good junior section at Ramside Hall. Maggie Whitehead is the under 16 champion and recently won the German under 16 open. She’s also part of the under 16 England Girls squad.

“We hope that events like this continue to encourage younger girls to get into the game and join the club.”

“It will be a great opportunity too for our lady members to watch the young players; see how they hit the ball and how they take on the course.”

A step in the right direction for women’s golf in the UK

Hosting the Trust Golf Series at Ramside Hall is a positive move for women’s golf – in the region and the UK.

The LET Access Series, or LETAS, is the official development tour to the Ladies European Tour. And as such it’s a crucial part of the development pathway for up-and-coming players in Europe.

For female golfers in England, having the opportunity to compete on home turf is huge. And it opens up even more opportunities for the young women who follow in their footsteps.

Creating opportunities for women is a value that runs deep at Ramside Hall. They've defined a clear pathway to take new golfers from beginner to full-time club member.

Helen explains: “We offer group clinics and individual lessons for women. Then a lot of them progress into a driving range academy membership. That entitles them to discounted range balls and a cheaper rate to play nine holes.

“When they gain their confidence on the course, we offer a flexible membership. It’s a points-based membership. That means you can play as much or as little as you like before you decide if you’d like to progress to a full membership.”

There are also handicap-qualifying, nine-hole competitions for women who’d prefer not to play 18 holes. And fun “nine, wine and dine” evenings to introduce non-golfers to the game.

What the players can expect from the course

The tournament will take place on the Cathedral Course. It’s built on rolling countryside but has a distinctive links-course feel to it, with plenty of features you’d find at any typical sea-side course.

“The Cathedral Course is a challenging course,” Helen explains, “with prevailing winds, ridges and valleys … it’s a course you have to think your way around.”

“It really brings course management to the fore,” adds Christine. “It won’t always be an advantage to hit the ball a long way.”

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