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Brancepeth Castle hits the mark with National Golf Award

24 August 2017

Brancepeth Castle hits the mark with National Golf Award

Brancepeth Castle Golf Club in County Durham, which is backing the drive to grow the game, has received a national award from England Golf.

The beautiful parkland course, designed by the world-famous architect Harry Colt in 1924, is recognised as one of the top 100 courses in Britain and Ireland and has played host to the final of the English county championship and the English women’s amateur.

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 

The award was presented to the club’s GolfMark co-ordinators, Jill Dickinson and Paul Swainston, by Mike Greener, England Golf’s Club Support Officer for County Durham. Mike said: “I’m delighted that Brancepeth Castle has achieved GolfMark and that the efforts of its dedicated team can be nationally recognised.”

Paul commented: “The whole process has been a great education and moving forward GolfMark will assist the golf club grow as a business and with future funding applications.”

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. To find out more visit