While the eyes of the world may be turning to London for the 2012 Olympic Games, one sport in Leeds is already looking ahead to Rio in 2016.
The sport of golf returns to the Olympic fold in Brazil in four years’ time for the first time since 1904, and to celebrate its return and possibly unearth a gold medallist of the future a special offer begins this week at the four council-managed courses in the city.
Aimed at encouraging young people to take up the sport, a special offer will be available each day from Friday 20 July to Sunday 12 August 2012 at the courses at Temple Newsam, Roundhay Park, Middleton Park and Gotts Park.
For anyone aged four to 18, after 20 past 12 each day a round of golf at any of the four courses will be available for £2 including the free hire of clubs to play with (subject to availability).
For anyone over the age of 18, an offer is also available each day for a fourball to play for £20 in any tee time slot after 12:20pm.
The offer not only coincides with the London 2012 Olympic Games, it is also begins as the world’s greatest golfers compete for the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
Leeds City Council golf manager Allan Cooper said:
“It is fantastic to see golf returning to the Olympic Games in 2016, and to celebrate that along with the Open Championship and the Games in London we are looking to inspire people of all ages to come and have a game of golf.
“In particular we are looking to encouraging young people who have never tried golf before to come along and see what they think. At £2 for a round including club hire that is tremendous value so hopefully lots of people will take advantage of it and we may even set someone on the road to medal glory in 2016 in Rio.”
For further information on the Leeds City Council-managed golf courses, go to www.leeds.gov.uk and search for golf.
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Leeds City Council, Tel 0113 247 5472