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Fast nine: Mendip Spring


Mendip Spring Golf and Country Club head professional Scott Thompson has proved that nine-hole golf is more than an easy way to enjoy the game – it can be a very effective method of building membership.

Over the past two to three years, the golf complex in Congresbury near Bristol has seen annual sign-ups for the 18th hole track rise dramatically.

All because Thompson has developed a ‘pathway’ to encourage those turning up for a pay and play on the nine-hole Lakeside to become members of the Brinsea 18-hole championship layout.

“We have added around 50 new lady members over the past three years,” Thompson explained.

“In the last two months alone we have gained 60 new members on the 18-hole course.”

The team at the club do everything they can to ease every golfer through the transition from nine to 18.

There’s help understanding rules, etiquette and dress codes as well as coping with the leap from a fun, compact nine-hole course to a longer, harder 18-hole challenge.

He said: “We didn’t want to just have a lot of car park golfers, who turn up, change in the car, play and go home.

“So we have worked hard to show members all the benefits on the course, and off it.

“We even have a lady responsible for looking after all the women. She eases them through the transition from playing nine to trying out 18.

“We support them, look after them. We even make it more cost effective to join financially

“The result is that we are a thriving club.”

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