Golfing boost to economy

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Brid Golf Club'Anthony Howarth Golf Pro & Grounds Man'PA0709-3c'Anthony Howarth

THE ECONOMY is causing many business a headache – but it seems local golf courses are bucking the trend.

Bridlington, Flamborough Head, Bridlington Links and Filey golf clubs joined forces three years ago to offer a ‘Golf Coast Passport’ package for players.

And the scheme has gone from strength to strength.

The offer for golfers to play either three or four rounds within a seven day period over the four golf courses has meant big savings on green fees.

Its aim was to attract some of the country’s four million active golfers to visit the area, play golf and more importantly stay in the town for short breaks using local hotels and guest houses.

In 2008, its first year, the passport had 500 sales.

This trippled to over 1,500 in 2009, and last year exceeded 2,500.

Anthony Howarth, passport co-ordinator and director of golf at Bridlington Golf Club, said this equates to over 8,000 rounds of golf and over 6,000 nights of accommodation.

He said: “The income from the sales of the passport has brought almost half a million into the economy of Bridlington and surrounding area.”

It is now hoped its success will continue to grow.

More than 1,000 passports have already been pre-booked for the current year.

Mr Howarth said: “The future success of the Golf passport will rely on a close working relationship and partnership with the local hotels.

“I am looking forward to meeting with the Bridlington Guest House Association shortly with a view to trying to get more Hotels promoting the scheme.”

If anybody would like information regarding the Golf Coast Passport they should visit www.golfcoastpassport.co.uk.