In 2015 Houghton-le-Spring Golf Club were awarded £75,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.
Houghton-le-Spring Golf Club were awarded the funding to upgrade the practice facilities at the golf club to include three covered practice bays, two golf warm up nets and a 6-hole pitch and putt course. The new 6-hole course incorporates five all-weather greens and an original natural green and will be ideal to encourage those who have never played the game, or those who wish to improve in safe and fit for purpose surroundings. The facilities are purpose designed and open to members of the local schools and wider community groups.
The official opening was carried out at the club on Monday 12th September by Euro 2016 and Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg. Mark, with his tee shot on hole 1 of the new facilities, was inches away from having a hole-in-one on the new course.
The launch was attended by numerous guests who had taken an active part or supported the golf club during the bid process. Invited guests included Tyne & Wear Sport, Active Sunderland, VCAS, local school representatives, Phil Graham England Golf County Development Officer, Jonathan Ward County Secretary Durham County Golf Union along with other representatives from supporting local companies. Later in the day some of the wee wonders at the club carried out their first round on the new 6-hole course.
Referee, Mark Clattenburg said, "This fantastic facility will be a huge asset not only to Houghton-le-Spring Golf but the whole of the local community. I believe it will encourage new participants to golf as well as those who wish to improve their game or return to the sport but on a shorter course. I am looking forward to using the facilities with my family and I would highly recommend any one looking to get into golf to come and try out these facilities."
Ann Young from Houghton-Le-Spring Golf Club said, "On behalf of Houghton-Le-Spring Golf Club I would like to express our thanks to Tyne & Wear Sport who have given us enormous help and guidance in leading us throughout the process of our England Golf Inspired Facilities Bid which took a considerable amount of time and effort."