Woldingham golf club, which is backing the drive to grow the game, has won a national award from England Golf.

Woldingham, an 18 hole course and events venue, is owned by The Altonwood Group and is the latest of the Group’s 5 clubs to receive the GolfMark award.

GolfMark is an official seal of approval for clubs which successfully work to develop the game in four ways:

• By attracting new members and encouraging existing members to play more
• Using practical business planning to develop the club
• Offering coaching and playing opportunities for all golfers
• Ensuring safeguarding policies are in place

As an Altonwood club, Woldingham is known for offering good quality golf at an affordable price. The Group, founded by former Crystal Palace owner, Ron Noades, is committed to making golf affordable for all.

Over the last year, Altonwood has invested heavily in its courses (part of its commitment to an ongoing improvement programme) and has constructed a new 9 hole course at its Westerham Golf Club for the sole purpose of easing beginners into the game.

Woldingham’s club professional, Kieran Smith, has a strong junior teaching programme and offers regular individual and group classes at the Club.

Chris Madden, General Manager of Woldingham, who led the club’s push to GolfMark, said: “Woldingham is a great club; it’s very friendly, welcoming and forward-thinking. This award helps us to spread that message and to tell people that children are safe and secure here and that we understand about beginner golfers.”

The GolfMark award was developed by England Golf and also integrates Sport England’s Clubmark award – a national standard for quality sports clubs recognised across the country. 

GolfMark brings a number of benefits to clubs including raising awareness, access to funding, business and marketing support and training opportunities for staff and volunteers. Find out more here.