Mark Goodwin

Fireworks at Dukes Meadows

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On Wednesday last week we returned to Dukes Meadows, a fantastic 9 hole par 3 course close to central London. Bonfire Night is a great night for running a night golf event and there were over 500 people attending a firework display while golfers played 6 holes of Night Golf.

There was also a barbecue laid on, kids activities and a DJ. It really was a night for the whole family, not just golfers!

The Night Golf event itself was run by our Event Manager for the South, Tracey Boyes and was a great success.

Next year, bonfire night is on a Thursday so we are expecting the Thursday and the Friday to book up quickly so contact us as soon as you can if you are looking for either of those dates.

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Night Golf teams up with England Golf & Keele University

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We were delighted to receive a call from the County Officer for England Golf back in early October asking about running a couple of events. England Golf has an ambitious strategic plan to increase participation in golf over the next few years and part of that strategy is introducing younger people to the sport. What helps in getting those people introduced to the game is through different (and, crucially in our view, shorter) formats of the game.

Apart from seeing it as an opportunity to be involved with an organisation committed to growing the game we love, it was also a great way for us to introduce Night Golf to a whole new audience. Some of the students had not played golf before, let alone played in the dark!

The events were held at Stone Golf Club on October 28th and Newcastle-under-Lyme Golf Club on October 30th. We have to say a big thank you to Gareth Shaw and Iain Lancaster of England Golf, Arron from Keele University and all the students for making the nights memorable. Thanks also to Phil from Midlands Golfer Magazine for attending and playing 6 holes with us on the Thursday.

We look forward to working with them all again. You can get more information on the work of England Golf on their website www.englandgolf.org

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What Twitter is saying

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We’ve been overwhelmed recently by the positive feedback we have been receiving. We’ve had some testing times with investment in new golf balls that didn’t turn out as we hoped but the clubs and members have continued to enjoy our events. We are constantly looking at ways of improving our service and the products we use, sometimes it doesn’t work out.

We will continue to look at improvements and we welcome suggestions from anyone so please feel free to email us info@thenightgolfcompany.com or contact us via twitter (@nightgolfuk) or Facebook (The Night Golf Company).

Thanks to everyone who has played in our recent events and we hope to see you again next year!

Return to Fulwell

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As we are returning to Fulwell Golf Club in Middlesex next Friday, we thought we’d share some of the photos from our last visit.

This was a challenging event for a couple of reasons. Firstly, there were 52 players doing a shotgun start over 5 holes! We thought this had disaster written all over it if we’re honest. Not only that, they wanted a par 3 over water. Not something we’re keen on.

I’m glad to say we we’re proved wrong. No, it wasn’t the fastest 5 holes ever but there was beer and wine to keep people warm and plenty of banter on the tees. We even managed to lose a total of about 4-5 balls to the lake. They are obviously good players at this course.

Everyone enjoyed themselves, the bar was full afterwards and the club laid on food for everyone. The night was a success for the club and we are looking forward to returning next Friday.

Team news

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We are delighted to have Tracey Boyes join the Night Golf team as Event Manager and she will be running her first event at Dukes Meadow this week.

Tracey plays on the European LET Access Tour and is attached to Royal Winchester Golf Club. Tracey will be running our events in London and the South East (Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey).

Tracey can be contacted via email tracey@thenightgolfcompany.com and is also seeking sponsors for next season.

We are also please to announce that our Event Manager for the Midlands, Abbey Gittings, has come through Q-School pre-qualifying in Morocco and will compete for a place on the main Ladies European Tour. We wish her every success back in Morocco in December.

Halloween Events

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We were very fortunate this year in that Halloween fell on a Friday night. Needless to say, it was a full and busy night with our first ever event at Kiddermister and our third annual visit to Heysham.

Both events were hugely popular with over 100 golfers playing that night. Both clubs had a fancy dress theme and the members entered into the spirit of things (some perhaps a bit too literally!) and as you can see from the photos, there were some brilliant outfits – even from Kelly Tidy and Kirsty Ush of The Night Golf Company!

Kiddermister Golf Club

Kiddermister Golf Club

Members from Kidderminster Golf Club

Members from Kidderminster Golf Club

Kelly & Kirsty of The Night Golf Company

Kelly & Kirsty of The Night Golf Company

The poster for the Heysham Event

The poster for the Heysham Event

Members from Heysham Golf Club

Members from Heysham Golf Club

Lilley Brook Golf Club

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There was a great turnout for our visit to Lilley Brook Golf Club in the South West. We have been to a few clubs in the area but this was our first trip to this club.

The feedback from Simon the Professional was great and the members seemed to have a great night thanks to the nice mild October we had. We also had BBC Radio Gloucestershire in attendance and an interview with our Event Manager, Kelly Tidy was featured on the morning news programme.

We also saw on Twitter one of the best photos (see below) from one of our events and it’s certainly a contender for our October photo competition – final entries are going to be posted here and on our Facebook page early next week. The winner gets a dozen Srixon golf balls.

If you’ve attended one of our events and have a photo you’d like to share, you can email it to us at info@thenightgolfcompany.com or send it via Facebook or Twitter.

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Welcombe to Night Golf

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September saw our first event in Warwickshire at Welcombe Golf Club near Stratford. This was a very prestigious venue for us, the club having hosted a number of high profile professional events in the past.

The event was very well received and we are already discussing ideas for next year’s event which we hope will be bigger and better!

Masters Weekend

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Masters’s Weekend is getting increasingly popular for Night Golf. As the summer feels like it’s just round the corner, nights are still getting dark at around 7.30pm and, best of all, golf is on the TV late into the night!

Manor of Groves ran their second Night Golf event on the Friday night of the Masters. Another successful night and great turnout, the event was run by Event Manager and Golf Professional Ben Thompson.

We look forward to returning for the Masters in 2015 when we’ll see a European winner! To book an event over the weekend of The Masters contact us at info@thenightgolfcompany.com

A first in the Midlands

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On the 3rd and 4th of April, we ran our first events in the Midlands with the newest member of the team, Abbey Gittings. The events were at Droitwitch Golf Club and Coventry Golf Club and both events were fantastically well attended.

Despite some initial nerves about running her first solo event (Abbey helped out at Ross-on-Wye previously) the events were a huge success and the feedback from the Professional at Coventry was that they ‘Did us proud’. We never doubted it Martin! She was brilliantly assisted by Melissa Nicol.

If you’re a club in the Midlands and are keen to book an event, you can get in touch with Abbey via Twitter or by emailing us at info@thenightgolfcompany.com

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