THERE was once a time when ladies couldn’t set foot on a golf course.
How times have changed, especially at Shirley Golf Club who threw out the sexist house rule book long ago.
With 85 lady members the Stratford Road club has long been seen as one of the pioneering golf clubs in the Midlands and the women’s section is going from strength.
Sue Steadman, the new lady captain at Shirley, said: “Ladies have had equal rights for a long time now at Shirley and the section has really grown, especially in the past two or three years.
“It is a very active section and we get involved in every aspect of the club – on and off the course.”
Mrs Steadman sits on the nine-strong club committee alongside Shirley’s chairman of the house Val Barker, who is a former lady captain, ensuring the women’s game is fairly represented.
“There is no such thing as lady and men golfers at Shirley really, we are all just golfers,” added Mrs Steadman. “We have had a lady on the greens committee for many years”
The club’s latest initiative has been the introduction of an Associate Membership scheme which is set to lead the way in the region as clubs try to fight the difficulties of the current economic downturn.
Ever mindful of the need to bring new golfers into the club to replenish the 426-strong membership, the new scheme effectively waives the traditional joining fee for two years.
New associate members receive seven-day playing rights on a top quality PGA recognised course and can play as much golf as they like for less than £20 per week.
For information on joining call the club on 0121 704 6001.