May is National Golf Month!

The campaign hopes to bring in 100,000 new players to the game

National Golf Month takes place in May in the hope to get 100,000 new players to #getgolfing

National Golf Month has been launched at the House of Commons with the help of Sports Minister David Evenett.

The month aims to inspire 100,000 new players to #getgolfing, with a particular focus on attracting more women and youngsters to the game.

National Golf Month

Sports Minister David Evennett

The launch of National Golf Month included a chipping and putting competition in the Palace of Westminster for MPs, Peers and school children.

PGA professionals will be running events for National Golf Month and people will be able to search for events in their locations on the website.

There will also be different deals available depending on your area - some clubs are offering free taster sessions whilst some pros are offering discounted lessons and equipment.

It's been set up by the BGIA (British Golf Industry Association).

BGIA's former Chairman Doug Poole is the Director of National Golf Month.

He said, "Golf participation has been dwindling but launching at Parliament with so much support helps demonstrates the benefits of the sport. National Golf Month aims to show how easy it is to #getgolfing and if people go onto our website, they will find opportunities to try and play golf across the UK."

The R&A is also supporting the initiative, their CEO, Martin Slumbers, said "I am very much looking forward to National Golf Month and the opportunities it provides to showcase the sport. A Parliamentary launch is both welcome and important since it promotes the game so widely."

National Golf Month is supported by Tour Pros as well, including European Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter and Solheim Cup stars Charley Hull and Melissa Reid.

Poulter said: “I'm fully behind the great initiative that is National Golf Month. The more people we can get out playing, the better, and hopefully this will help people realise that it's a fun, healthy and sociable thing to do!”

BBC Breakfast host and keen golfer Naga Munchetty is also supporting NGM.

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x