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Join The Social Golfer at Celtic Manor in Sept 2020…

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

Celtic Manor - celebrate 10 years of thesocialgolfer.com v3As we look back at TEN years of The Social Golfer, we felt it only right that we should find some way of celebrating this achievement!

Back in 2010, we were a fledgling website with only a few users and with a couple of games a week being organised.

Fast forward to 2020 and the site now sees over 1000 events posted on our game page every year, more than 14,000 monthly visitors to the site and over 100,000 page views a month.

In addition, we have more than 11,000 registered members in 60+ countries worldwide.

So, how did we think we could thank you all for your support and, in these uncertain times, STILL honour this landmark?

 


THE SOCIAL GOLFER 10th Birthday at CELTIC MANOR!

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Over the period of our existence, we have made many friends along the way.

We have been lucky enough to attend many Pro-am golf events and have interviewed European tour Golfers, including Andrew ‘BEEF’ Johnson.

We have been retweeted by Sir Nick Faldo, met Bryson DeChambeau, attended the PGA show in Florida.

We exhibited at the London Golf Show, been to many product launches, and even played Le Golf National before the 2018 Ryder Cup team!

However, our biggest achievement has been the charities we have supported, including disability golf. We’ve raised over £10,000 in donations.

We have sponsored disabled golfers Paul Houghton and Roger Hurcombe at their EDGA events and Par 3 Championships.

Later, we supported B.I.G charity (British Inclusive Golf) and last year, Community Golf (Helping autism & Dementia).

It was at a B.I.G. event that we met Mike Jones – See Mike’s history below.

Mike is now an Ambassador for Celtic Manor in Newport, South Wales – the Home of the 2010 Ryder Cup victory for Europe.

He is a Friend of Ottobock Associate, a Motek C-Mill Ambassador, ICC Wales Ambassador and Wales Golf inclusive Ambassador. Quite an achievement in such a short time!

The Celtic Manor Resort also has a special reason to celebrate as 2020 also marks their 10th anniversary since the only Ryder Cup ever staged in Wales.

So with this in mind, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to get together with Mike and Celtic Manor to host a special TENTH-anniversary TSG members event.

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THE SOCIAL GOLFER 10th Birthday at CELTIC MANOR on the TWENTY-TEN…

WIN one of only TEN free rounds of golf with the TSG team and Mike Jones (worth £130pp)

Our special Golf Day is on Wednesday 16th September 2020, almost 10 years to the day of the Ryder cup and only a few days after our official TSG birthday (10/8/20).

Therefore, we have x10 rounds booked, for TEN lucky TSGers to find out what it is like to play on this historic golf course AND walk on the same hallowed ground as Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and many others.

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In addition, for those that join us the night before, you will have the chance to make more of your visit to Celtic Manor as Mike Jones will host a dinner in one of the EIGHT exclusive resort restaurants, including…

  • Steak on Six
  • The Rafters
  • The Grill
  • Sawyers Bar & Grill
  • PAD (Passionate Asian Dishes)
  • Newbridge on USK
  • The Rib smoke House & Grill
  • Orange Grill & Garden Room

Furthermore, those wishing to go down the night before and stay in the hotel will benefit from Mike’s preferential rates:

1-night stay – £90pp incl. breakfast (Prices to be confirmed POST-COVID)

2-nights’ stay – £180pp incl. breakfast (Prices to be confirmed POST-COVID)

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HOW to ENTER

In July 2020, TSG launched its NEW Cool fibre Polo Shirt, which will soon be available to buy on the website.

Buy a TSG Polo shirt BEFORE 10th August 2020 for only £TWENTY (normally £25) and your name will be entered into a draw to WIN one of those TEN places on the TWENTY TEN.

TSG Polo Shirt is available in both Men’s & Ladies sizes.

  • Permanent wicking yarn technology
  • Regular fit with 2 button placket
  • 1×1 ribbed collar

Fabric Weight: 180gsm

Fabric Description: Micro-fine Pique in TSG Green or Black

Sizes: XXS – 3XL (green but up to 5XL in Black) – Ladies, S, M, L

 

Celtic Manor 2010 competition - TheSocialGolfer.com Merchandise 2020

*On Monday 10th August will mak the draw and immediately contact the winners.

 


For those that do wish to enter, please check you are able to attend the tee times reserved for TSG below:

September 16th 2020 Four-balls Times:

9.30 am – TSG Winners

9.40 am – TSG Winners

9.50 am – TSG Winners (+ Mike Jones & TSG Team)

Note – These tee times are normally only reserved for Celtic Manor members!

I WANT TO be at Celtic Manor in September, BUY a TSG polo Shirt for £20 and you could win…

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Note: We will contact you regards sizing, once competition draw has been concluded.

 


About Celtic Manor and the Twenty Ten course…

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Built to stage the 2010 Ryder Cup, it was the first course to be built specifically for golf’s greatest team tournament.

The Twenty Ten measures a robust 7,493 yards off the back tees and has a par of 71.

With water hazards on half of its holes, the course has six signature holes and presents many more memorable tests and risk-and-reward dilemmas.

One of the features of the spectacular course is its variety.

Many of the earlier holes having a links-like feel, with long rough and greenside swales, before the middle section reveals the full extent of the lake-lined challenge.

A tough finishing stretch culminates in a real sting in the tail at the 18th.

Celtic Manor Course Details:

  • 7,493 yards off the back tees
  • Built to stage the 2010 Ryder Cup
  • Par of 71

The Twenty Ten Clubhouse was purpose-built for the 2010 Ryder Cup and is a fitting venue to host the world’s top golfers.

As well as state of the art facilities, the clubhouse is situated to take full advantage of its prominent position overlooking the 18th green – a signature hole of The Twenty Ten course.

Members and visitors are treated to the most exhilarating and spectacular panorama of the course and an enviable view of the final hole from a private balcony which wraps around the building.

As luxurious as it is dramatic, this is surely a place to make an impression.


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Mike Jones – Disabled Golfer

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WATCH MOVIE

In October 2015, proud Welshman Mike Jones, an electrical engineer, and single figure golfer, climbed astride his Yamaha MT09 Sports Tourer motorbike for the trip across the Severn Bridge from Cwmbran into England for a shift in Bristol.

With a toot of his horn, he said goodbye to wife Beth without a care in the world.

Four days later he would wake up in hospital in Swansea in severe pain and confusion.

Mike has been told he nearly died at the scene of the accident and lost a lot of blood.

A leg was badly crushed and his thighbone was rammed through his pelvis by the crash.

These bones could be rebuilt in complicated operations but his lower left leg had to be amputated three days after the accident.

This was the start of a long road, that would include 22 hours on the surgeon’s table, six months of regular out-patient visits and a hip replacement as recently as last November.

And even then, it could have been far worse.

His biker’s protective clothing may have saved his life.

Such was the injury that more exposure to the wound could easily have led to a fatal infection… READ MORE about Mike’s Journey to recovery!

 


By Ian Mullins

Paul Houghton – Disabled Golfer & TSGer sues Brentwood Council…

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Paul Houghton on buggy

TSGer, Paul Houghton, and his case against Brentwood Borough Council for discrimination (on account of him not being allowed to use his buggy at Hartswood Golf Club) have now been taken on by top lawyer Chris Fry.

The BBC interviewed Paul on 3rd September 2018 and all the major news organisations have picked up on the story that we first highlighted in 2016…

Dec 2016 – Discrimination-in-Golf.

Paul joined The Social Golfer in 2014 and has been an active and welcomed member ever since.

In 2017, The Social Golfer sponsored Paul and fellow disabled golfer Roger Hurcombe, helping them to fund their competitive golf.

Here’s what the BBC wrote about Paul Houghton’s case….

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Golfer, Paul Houghton, who is disabled and who uses a prosthetic leg, is suing a local council for refusing to let him play on its course using a buggy.

Paul Houghton’s right leg was amputated in 2000 after he was affected by a lethal tissue-eating bacteria.

Mr Houghton learned to walk again – and golf became an important part of life but he still also uses crutches and a wheelchair.

He claims Brentwood Council in Essex discriminated against him but the council is defending the legal action.

Paul is lucky to be alive.

In November 2000, while working as a roofer, he knelt in contaminated water and contracted the deadly flesh-eating bug necrotising fasciitis. It consumes muscle and body tissue at a rate of 0.75in (2cm) an hour.

“The surgeon told me he had to operate immediately,” Paul told the BBC.

“He said that he had no choice but to continue cutting until he was certain he had removed all the infected tissue.”

“I had just two hours to prepare myself for an operation that at best I would survive with a leg missing, but at worst I would not survive at all.”

His right leg was amputated above the knee, and he received the last rites in hospital.

In all, he had five operations – some for skin grafts because his amputation was very rushed and the perfect stump could not be formed.

Paul could not continue to work as a roofer and his business closed.

Paul Houghton – Disabled Golfer – Represented England.

He requalified and now works for Chelmsford Council as its access officer in building control.

He learned to walk with a prosthetic limb and switches between it, wheelchairs and crutches.

However, overuse of the crutches causes shoulder injuries, while the prosthetic leg can cause pressure sores that are difficult to cure.

Paul has represented England at disability golf 13 times, with a handicap of 14, and has played on courses across Europe.

Because of his disability, he needs a buggy in order to play an 18-hole course.

In August 2016, Paul had booked to play a round with a friend at Hartswood Golf Course in Essex.

It is owned and operated by Brentwood Council.

Paul Houghton sues Brentwood Council - Hartswood Golf club

On his way to the first tee, he claims he was told he would not be allowed on to the course without a letter from his doctor justifying the medical need for a buggy.

If he obtained such a letter he was told he would be given a certificate allowing him to use his buggy.

Paul Houghton – Disabled Golfer – What he said.

“I was gobsmacked he told the BBC.

“I’ve played over 100 courses around England, I’ve played all around the world and I’ve not been treated in this way before.”

Paul says he explained that he had his own insurance, a European Disabled Golf Association card, and a medical exemption, but the club insisted that he needed a letter from a doctor to justify the use of a buggy.

It sends the message that disabled people aren’t welcome, that we are not part of society, not included, but are segregated and can’t join in a sport that’s accessible to everybody, because we need to use other equipment to play the game,” Paul says.

In his legal claim, Paul argues that by refusing to allow him to use a buggy without a doctor’s letter, the council discriminated against him because of his inability to walk around the golf course.

In effect, he claims the council was applying a policy that indirectly discriminates against all disabled people who need a buggy to play golf.

Brentwood Council denies any discrimination and is defending the legal action.

The council said it was “committed to ensuring safe access for everyone to all its facilities” and would issue a full statement when legal action had concluded.

Paul Houghton – Disabled Golfer – Lawyer’s view.

Paul Houghton’s solicitor, Chris Fry from the firm Fry Law, said: “This case is more than just about making a service more accessible; it’s a reminder of the importance of the benefits which sport brings to social inclusion, together with physical and mental health.”

“This is especially important for people with a range of disabilities, and not least mobility impairments.”

“A simple adjustment in this case will benefit Paul, and thousands of others in a multitude of ways.”

In its “Buggy Use Policy”, England Golf, the governing body of amateur golf, says it “wishes to encourage the participation in golf of all players regardless of disabilities”.

This, it says, is in accordance with its obligations under the Equality Act.

Cae Menai-Davis, co-founder of the Golf Trust, a charity that works with disabled groups to make golf more inclusive, commented: “Golf is a sport for everyone.”

“Making it difficult for a disabled golfer to use a buggy isn’t just bad policy, it is bad business.”

“There is a huge untapped group of people with learning and physical disabilities that want to play the game and will benefit hugely from it.”


Paul with trophies

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Just some of the new outlets that have covered Paul Houghton in the last 24 hours…

The BBC

The Times

The Sun

The Telegraph

The Independent

The Week

The Daily Mail

The Metro

Epping Guardian

 

Discrimination in Golf – Game takes huge step back….

Monday, December 12th, 2016

discrimination in golfWe know golf is always some years behind the rest of the world in its moral outlook maybe it should have been no surprise, when I recently experienced (in our opinion) a truly awful show of ignorance by my local council toward Paul Houghton – TSG’s very own Disabled golfer.

Having got to know some disabled golfers pretty well over the last few years, we stupidly thought discrimination in golf was a thing of past….

Discrimination in Golf  – Setting the scene…

Now and Paul and myself play a couple of times a year together, so was very pleased when he agreed to play at my local municipal course (which is one of the best in the South East).

Having extolled the values of this super little course to Paul many times, he may have brought a little too much expectation with him on the day.

However, I had no idea what was about to unfold.

Here’s our story in Paul’s own words with some excerpts from the letter he sent to the local council officer (N.B. Real names and places have been replaced) …


discrimination in golfDiscrimination in Golf  –  The Story….

Dear Sir or Madam, 

I was invited to play golf at your municipal course by a resident of your borough. This is his local course but he is not a member.

On a Saturday in August, we arrived to play at the allotted tee time that we had booked. I introduced myself in the Pro shop and paid for my round.

I was told to present my chit to the starter in his hut.

As I left the Pro shop the man behind the counter ‘Dave’, followed me out and told me that I would not be allowed onto the golf course using my Electrokart.

A little surprised I asked why this was, as I possess my own public liability insurance for the vehicle and possess an EDGA tour card (European Disabled Golf Association) for which I had to have a medical for through England Golf.

‘Dave’ was very quick to reply, stating that without proper paperwork, he could only take ‘my word for it’ that I am disabled.

I replied asking “Could he not accept the fact that my leg is missing as proof?”

“No, the Council say I must have the proper paperwork before we let you on the course”.

You won’t be surprised that my initial response is not printable.

Slightly rattled by my determination to not back down and slightly panicked by the thought a lawsuit was already winging its way to his employers….

‘Dave’ quickly scanned the council website (not the Golf Course website – which has no information!) and stated that all the information was available online.

Now the paragraph on the council site is less than clear but does state that a letter must be obtained from the players ‘Doctor’ to justify the use of a buggy. 

As I am an above knee amputee it seems pretty damn obvious of my impairment (my leg also make a tinny sound when you smack your driver against it) but ‘Dave’ stated that it was a ‘Council’ ruling and I would still not be allowed on the course without the proper documents.

(This document would take a matter of weeks to obtain and a Doctor would charge for the letter!).

He also indicated that I would be required to cross a road, which cuts through the course which can be dangerous, but surely that is the same for all golfers?

So how is this all helping golf to be seen a progressive, accessible sport for all?

At this stage, I thought it right to mention to ‘Dave’ that my day job is actually working as a Disability Officer for the neighbouring council and that I know the disability laws inside out.

At which point the blood drained from ‘Dave’s face! (Sorry, maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned this at the start of the debate!)

The local council concerned needs to impact assess their procedure in this respect, in line with their Duties towards the Equality Act 2010.

What I experienced on that Saturday in August was gross ignorance as to attitudes towards disability, the situation was handled very poorly and much of my day was ruined. 

As a keen golfer, I have played all over Europe and have never been refused onto a course other when weather conditions inhibit it due to safety. 

To say I was stunned is an understatement. 

My playing partner and host were more shocked, not to mention embarrassed on his and my behalf!

To avoid any more stress for all parties, I decided to cut my losses and asked for my money back, ‘Dave’ retorted that ‘he’ was not discriminating against me.

When I said this was ‘blatant’ discrimination, he said you are only saying that because of ‘that’ pointing to my prosthetic leg”. 

Yours Sincerely…

 

Paul Houghton


discrimination in golfDiscrimination in Golf  – Our View…

You couldn’t make it up, could you!

Discrimination in any walk of life is unacceptable and discrimination in golf turns our stomachs just as much…..

Shortly after receiving his email and letter, Paul quickly received the council’s response……they offered him a free round of golf and have asked if could help them review their wording on their website – hang on, isn’t that your job!

As all TSG members know, we promote equality and diversity, so to hear and experience a day in the life of a disabled golfer ourselves was a shock, to say the least.

Sadly, after four months, Paul is still yet to receive any kind of response or justification from the council as to how they plan to prevent this issue in the future.

Paul is considering legal action but that requires a lot of self-motivation – something he would probably prefer to channel through his golf!

PLEASE SHARE THIS POST WITH ALL YOUR GOLFING FRIENDS AND LET’S STOP THIS IGNORANCE NOW!

For more information on Golf for all, visit England Golf’s Equality and Diversity page.

By Ian Mullins


Footnote: Paul lost his leg suddenly sixteen years ago in a work accident whereby his leg was amputated above the knee. However, being the gritty character that he is, Paul decided to take up golf.

He later joined the Disabled Golf Association and has now represented his country 12 times, playing of a respectable handicap of 16. He works hard to promote understanding and empathy for disability and hates any form of discrimination in golf!

 

British Inclusive Golf announces event dates…

Saturday, February 27th, 2016
British Inclusive Golf

             British Inclusive Golf

British Inclusive Golf are running a program of taster sessions and workshops for disability groups in the North East and North West down the M62/A1 corridor…..

The charity is in its 4th year and has decided to be self-funding in 2016, as this gives more flexibility to work with groups who wish to take advantage of the ‘British Inclusive Golf’ program, rather than working with groups who feel they have to be involved.

We are also fortunate to have Huddersfield golfer Chris Hanson a European Tour Pro, become our Ambassador this year and hopefully his support will attract new members and support.

British Inclusive Golf – Events in 2016…

The charity’s golf events for the year are to be held on the following dates…

Plus we have two representative matches where the charity invite disabled golfers to represent ‘British Inclusive Golf’ against other organisations including:

  • Sunday April 17th versus Halifax, Huddersfield and District Golf Union Juniors @ Elland Golf Club
  • June 20th – 22nd versus Scottish Disability Golf partnership @ Linden Hall Hotel, Northumberland.
chris hanson golf professional

              Chris Hanson golf professional

Part of our fundraising program we have started a NEW members draw, where members can win weekly, monthly and annually prizes from £25 – £500.

Of course, the prizes will depend on the number of members joining the scheme.

The cost to enter is £1 a week paid either every 4 weeks, Quarterly or Annually.

Joining the draw automatically makes you a member as does entering any of our competitions.

To join please click link bit.ly/golfprizedraw

All our events are open to EVERYONE who wishes to enter as they are all fundraising events, we keep the cost low hoping to make a little more often rather than trying to raise a fortune in one hit. So please support our charity. Registered No 1156142

So, please support us. Registered No 1156142

Registered No. 1156142

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