The UK is one of the biggest golfing nations in the world, with over four million golfers – around 8% of the adult population – teeing it up.
There are almost 3,000 golf courses and 8,000 driving ranges in the UK and four major annual golf shows, in London, Ipswich, Birmingham and Scotland.
There has never been a golf show in the North of England, with golf fans having to travel to Edinburgh or Birmingham to see the biggest manufacturers, try new equipment and products and see the latest developments in coaching and fashion – until now.
Golf North, the North of England’s first ever golf show, is taking place at Middlesbrough Football Club’s Riverside Stadium, from October 19-21 and has been organised by County Durham golf events company Dogolf Ltd.
Andrew Hill, director, Dogolf Limited, said: “We have been told there has never been or never will be a venue that is right for a golf show in the North of England.
Either because cost was prohibitive or the venues were inappropriate, but Middlesbrough Football Club has gone out of its way to make sure they put a tick against those two boxes.”
Les Dixon, a fellow director at Dogolf Ltd, said: “There is a huge demand for this among golfers in the region.
There are already golf shows in London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Ipswich, but Golf North will be run by the north for the north. It will fill a massive gap.
We have done our research and there will be more for women, juniors and disabled golfers than there has been at other golf shows.”
The main feature of the show is an interactive zone enabling golfers to pin-point the strengths and weaknesses of their game by using a variety of coaching aids.
American Golf Discount has been confirmed as the show’s retail partner and will be exhibiting the latest in golf technology and hardware, including equipment from Callaway Golf and Yonex.
Other attractions include a golf fashion parade, a trick shot show and free tuition from PGA professionals, including European Senior Tour professional John Harrison from Matfen Hall, Northumberland, and Kevin Jackson of Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club.
Middlesbrough FC, head of commercial Matt Smith, said: “We are delighted Dogolf Ltd has chosen the Riverside Stadium for this event. We have a multi-functional venue that will be the ideal showcase for the exhibition.”
Former Middlesbrough FC footballer Craig Hignett has been named as an ambassador to Golf North, along with Ladies European Tour professional Kimberley Crooks and former World Disabled Golf Champion Darren Grey from Darlington.
Hignett added: “To have something like this in the region is great, there will be something for everyone. It would be great to see this happen every year and hopefully the first one can be a big success.”
For information: visit golf-north.co.uk