AS the new season gets into full swing on Skipton Golf Club’s newly remodelled course, the club is again running its ‘Get Into Golf’ initiative for budding golfers of all ages and abilities keen to learn the game, yet seeking both help and inspiration to do so.

The programme tees off at 6.30pm on Thursday, May 2, for ladies only or anyone at 7.45pm, and again on Sunday, May 5, 4.15pm for ladies, 5.30pm for all others.

It offers six one-hour group lessons for up to six people, the first three lessons at the nearby Whitehills Golf Driving Range, the following three at the club itself.

The cost is £30, with all equipment provided if required.

Last year, the club recruited 12 new members from the initiative. On offer following the lessons is a special three-month membership for £100 to include two half hour individual lessons.

“Members will also accompany beginners as mentors on the course as and when they are ready and more lessons can be booked with our pro. We will also provide further support via social golfing events,” said a club spokesperson.

Those interested are asked to contact Skipton Golf Club’s professional Peter Robinson on 01756 795657, or email

* At Settle Golf Club, it was encouraging to see some of the newly joined members taking part in Sunday's competition over the weekend.

Martin Pettiford's solid 79 net score gave him a top ten finish while Ben Terry, playing off a 13 handicap, showed his obvious potential with an excellent net 73.

Terry's back nine contained no less than six gross pars.

However, this was not good enough on the day for him to get his hands on the Riseley Trophy, as he came up against the in-form John Read.

Read put together one of those exceptional rounds that most golfers dream about, his net 65 included seven pars and a birdie 3 on the difficult sixth hole.

His final net score of 65 gave him a comfortable eight-shot victory over Terry.

Former captain, Stephen Robinson, took third spot despite shooting the lowest gross round of the day.

Earlier in the week, the senior section competed for the C E Wright trophy and it was another newcomer to the group who got his hands on the silverware.

John Thompson, playing with his usual consistency, came home with 34 stableford points which gave him a one-shot victory over his nearest challenger, playing partner Mike Elstub.