A GOLF club which is going from strength to strength is looking ahead to a new season.

Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club will be hosting new competitions, a new training initiative and the club is seeking to organise charity fund-raising events.

It comes at a time when advanced bookings for visitors have reached records levels and extensive work has been carried out by the expert greens team to maintain and improve the spectacular course.

A highlight of the forthcoming season will be the club hosting the Cumbria County Inter Club Strokeplay competition, a 36-hole event, for the first time, on July 29.

Every club in Cumbria will send a team of scratch golfers to what is one of the most prestigious competitions in the Cumbrian golf calendar.

“The Cumbria Golf Union chooses the best courses in the county to host this event so this is recognition of the quality and development of our course,” said Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club, secretary David Towers.

The Westmorland Gazette: A golfer chips towards the green on the 15th hole at Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club.A golfer chips towards the green on the 15th hole at Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club. (Image: Brewery Arts)

On June 21 Kirkby Lonsdale will, for the first time, host a Golf Club Managers Association match between its North West and Yorkshire regions.

In addition, the club will once again be hosting two fixtures of the East Lancashire PGA Alliance.

And the club’s highly-successful and popular Golf Festival, featuring a series of competitions open to members of other golf clubs, will be held from June 11-15.

Kirkby Lonsdale is continuing with its Get Into Golf programme to encourage adults and juniors to take up the sport. As part of the programme, it is now offering a new beginners’ membership package, which gives people access to tuition, practice facilities, the short course and the driving range.

Meanwhile assistant PGA professional Iain Burrow is running a new, structured physical exercise programme, SuperSpeed Golf, where golfers use weighted clubs and results are monitored with the aim of increasing clubhead speed.

“Despite the tough economic climate facing everyone, Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club has maintained affordable membership fees and has continued on a path of investment to improve the club and facilities,” said Mr Bywater.

“We are aiming to organise some charity events this year and are looking for some good causes to support. If anyone wants to get in touch with ideas, they can contact Tom Benn at info@kirkbylonsdalegolfclub.com.”