Dumfries & Galloway Golf Partnership Report

DGG   Partnership  May 2018

Hetland Hall Hotel has moved closer to promoting Golf with the Golf page on their website created and showing the 8 clubs they are working with for 2018.  A Golfers’ Breakfast at the hotel was arranged for the end of April, but due to poor communication was not well attended.  Those that were there saw the Golf web page and discussions took place regarding how golf would be supported by the hotel and the mechanics of the clubs working with the hotel.

Also in April, the Partnership was represented at the Dumfries and Galloway Marketing Interest Group.  Fourteen other groups were present as well as VS personnel and the D&G Economic Development Officer, Shelley Bell.  It was valuable to hear what others are doing and also to make contact with new people.

Finally, also at the end of April the Partnership held a meeting for all clubs at Castle Douglas G.C.  Notes from this meeting can be accessed on the SOSGA News Page.  Only 6 clubs were represented at this meeting and all of them have now got a copy of the e-mails which were gathered at the Golf Show.  In response to the notes of the meeting sent to all attendees and the clubs which had sent apologies,  one further club has also got the database.   Clubs wishing to access this information are required to download the Data Protection Form from the SOSGA website, sign it and return it to the Partnership Co-ordinator.  Clubs obtaining the database become the Controllers of that data and are responsible for maintaining, and using it in line with the Data protection act.

As result of discussion at the CD meeting, Beth Collins, Thornhill G.C. secretary has made contact with Personnel at Dumfries College with a view to possibly forming a partnership with Media Students to market Golf in the region to the mutual advantage of clubs and students.  This project is at an early stage of development.

Also, Jeff Sutcliffe plans to set up Exhibitions at two venues in Kirkcudbrightshire promoting golf in the Region.  He has also offered to put together a booklet advertising all clubs to be ready for use in 2019.

VisitScotland have again received funding from the local Council to promote golf in this Region.  Wave and I have met with Amy Robertson of VS and Shelley Bell of D&G Council to discuss the best way to utilise this expenditure for the forth coming promotion.  Amy is researching various possibilities, including Influencers, Bloggs and Partnership Content.  She is also requesting an audit of our website as Wave feels this free service could result in possible changes which could improve the site.

Jean Forrest

DGGP Co-ordinator