Tony Jacklin to lead Campaign for Real Golf

Tony Jacklin has been announced as the President of the Campaign for Real Golf

Tony Jacklin
Tony Jacklin is the new President of the Campaign for Real Golf
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Tony Jacklin has been announced as the President of the Campaign for Real Golf (CFRG), which was founded by five golf lovers with no financial or commercial interests

Tony Jacklin has been announced as the President of the Campaign for Real Golf (CFRG), which was founded by five golf lovers with no financial or commercial interests.

The initiative's aim is to restore golf to its roots; that is, ensuring it's Recreational, Enjoyable, Affordable and Less time-consuming.

Those behind the campaign believe the reduction in clubs and golfers in many parts of the world can be attributed to factors like equipment and ball development, course lengths, complex rules and handicapping systems and excessive playing times.

As a result, the CFRG believes potential new young players, women and families are being excluded from the sport.

Jackin - who is on record saying he fears for the future of the sport - said:

"All I care about is that we can continue to play golf and enjoy the game globally.

"What the Campaign for Real Golf stands for is all the key fundamental elements of the game which at times are being neglected and in some cases eradicated.

"I think the introduction of par-3 courses is highly important but also we must champion the existing courses across the world that have made golf what it is today."

To find out more about the Campaign for Real Golf, visit www.realgolfcampaign.org

Nick Bonfield
Nick Bonfield

Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel with The Masters and USPGA respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email nick.bonfield@futurenet.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x