Golf Aberdeen manages four of the most stunning public 18-hole golf courses in the UK; the MacKenzie Championship Course, Hazlehead Pines, Balnagask and Kings Links, each offering an exciting golfing experience for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.  

Last week we had the pleasure of meeting Golf member, Lesley Stewart, who struck gold last month, hitting her first hole-in-one whilst taking part in the Captain’s Day competition at Sport Aberdeen’s Hazelhead Pines Course. 

We presented Lesley with a Golf Aberdeen goody bag as a way of congratulating her and it was also the perfect chance to have a chat with a local golfer, to find out more about women playing the sport and to discover some top tips!

Now a seasoned golfer, Lesley didn’t properly get into the sport until around five years ago when she started to play more regularly. These days Lesley is really getting into the swing of it and tries to play at least twice per week, with the hope of lowering her handicap.  We are sure her recent success will give her some encouragement! 

Satisfaction aside, Lesley also shared with us the perks that came from the driver winning shot. ‘How Did I Do’, the largest golf network in Europe, presented her a generous prize, which was a nice touch. ‘How Did I Do’ allows players all over the UK to track competition results, connect with friends and uses statistics to track strengths and weaknesses of individual games. Lesley also put her card behind the bar of the clubhouse to celebrate her success with fellow golfers! Lesley described the benefits of playing golf regularly, in particular how it keeps everyone who plays fit and active. Golf is a sport which can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities, whether you are currently physically active or not, this is a great way to start leading a healthier lifestyle.

Lesley spoke highly of an 87-year-old women who still plays the Hazelhead Pines Course regularly and up until last year still pushed her manual trolley around the course! I’m sure it can be agreed that this is something to aspire too. Lesley also enjoys the social aspect to golf noting, “Even if you’re not having a good day, you are still outside and socialising with others.”

So what is Lesley’s advice to anyone who is thinking about taking up golf?

“Just go for it and do it! Hazelhead is a very inclusive course,” she explained. “No one is bothered about what standard you are, it’s just good to get out on the course and after all, the only way to improve is by playing!”

Golf is a great sport for all ages and abilities. Sport Aberdeen offers four top quality golf courses around the city, all of which are accessible with the ‘Get active 5’ membership or there are annual golf only memberships available for adults and juniors. 

Whether you are looking for a short game after work or a round with friends and work colleagues, we have a course to suit you. From breath-taking city views across the iconic harbour to woodland courses nestled on the outskirts of Aberdeen, Golf Aberdeen courses are an excellent choice at excellent prices. To find out about Golf Aberdeen’s membership options and courses:

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