The Ballinasloe Golf Club has contributed almost 3,000 euro to local charities in the past six weeks as well as being the fundraising vehicle for other local charities and sports clubs.
Over the past five years more than 12,000 euro has been raised by golfers as part of their community contribution. In addition, the local Special Olympics Club, Ballinasloe Eagles have used the club's facilities for training purposes on a weekly basis, generously assisted by club members.
Each year, the club makes the course available to three charities who then run a fundraising competition. This year, Social Services, Care & Repair and the Lions Club all benefited from their Bank Holiday slots.
Recently, the Credit Union sponsored a mini Open Week which incorporated involvement of the local schools and the Active Retirement Association Group. The week was a fantastic success and culminated with a barbecue. Forty ARA members participated in a session where basic golf skills were demonstrated. The golf club would like to see their amenities being utilised in similar ways.
The club held a junior camp over three days in the summer where 36 young boys and girls participated. Michael Mulryan, professional golfer, not only thought the children the basics of golf but also vital motor skills for any sport including coordination, balance and rhythm. The Ballinasloe Golf Club hopes that the participants of the camp will continue to play golf with the club.
In the past, junior members have developed into players representing their province and country. At the other end of the age scale, in excess of fifty golfers' aged over 55 and some over the age of 80, play every Wednesday in a highly popular senior's day.
Each spring, the club runs beginner sessions for Ladies and Gents- perhaps 2016 might be your year! The Ballinasloe Golf Club welcomes all golfers, beginners or advanced, to their top-class amenities.
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