Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2012 14:23
Monday, 20 February 2012 12:34
Dianne & Kristy Hutton, the owners and operators of GOLFAROUND™ remember only too well what it was like to be a new golfer.
This empathy spearheaded the inception of GOLFAROUND™, a unique experience for women who enjoy the game and want to learn and/or improve their game while having fun.
What makes GOLFAROUND™ unique? Other than the fact that both Dianne & Kristy have a passion for the game, they have a ton of enthusiasm and are totally committed to helping women learn and get better, and have fun doing it.
GOLFAROUND™ is for women of any skill level, it provides an affordable, non-intimidating, supportive and fun environment.
The instructional programs, league play and special events are designed to help beginners and seasoned players improve. The women gain support and are challenged as they have new experiences.
“If not for Golfaround, I would still have a nice set of clubs in the basement, two sets of lessons behind me, no confidence to get out there, and a husband waiting anxiously for me to play. My beginner year has changed all that. I have met some wonderful ladies, shared laughs and experiences and learned so much about the game and myself! Can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to next year?” Cheryl Richmond - Calgary
The Golfaround program is popular because they give green-fee players a chance to play every week at a variety of semi-private, private and public courses. They mix up the foursomes so league players get to know each other.
Members of Golfaround don’t feel alone at the tee box as there is always someone there to introduce you, tee you off and keep things organized.
The dedication of Golfaround and its members is what makes the company successful.
With the league you feel like you are part of a group and also get benefits like networking, socialization, instruction, play & stay weekends and other travel both within Canada and internationally.
“I have been a strong advocate for Golfaround as it’s been one of the best things I’ve done since I moved to Calgary. Thanks you so much for your efforts in creating a business that helps women gain confidence with golf in a fun and supportive atmosphere. I think it’s a great skill to have in business and in life.” Allison Hakomaki - Calgary
Golfaround offers so much more today than when they started 14 years ago. Members can participate in Play & Stay weekends, Mystery Bus Trips and Weekend Get-a-Ways.
They have been to southern and central Alberta, across the rockies to parts of British Columbia and as far down as Meadow Lake Montana to golf and play.
The trips are open to all of the members and the teams and format of play is set up to welcome all levels of players.
One of the favorites is their Mystery Bus Trip where you leave on a bus in the morning to a destination unknown, enjoying a mimosa with breakfast served on board.
After a wonderful day of play, fun & banquet you return home in the evening socializing some more and joining in on the traditional sing-song that always starts with the Golfaround Song written by one of their long term members.
They have also traveled to far away places like Thailand, South Africa, New Zealand, Portugal, and Vietnam where spouses were welcome.
The travel is not just about golf it is also about experiencing the country and participating in an adventure where you might need a little encouragement.
They have enjoyed an African safari and boma, a Portuguese Cooking School, sailing on a traditional junk in Ha Long Bay, and jet boating & boogey boarding in New Zealand.
They also experience our country, last year visiting Victoria B.C. for golf and a culinary walking tour and PEI for golf, the Shellfish Festival and a Ceilidh.
When they started they were a group of 12 ("the dirty dozen") who were beginner golfers and enjoyed the game.
Kristy says, “I don’t think either of us ever dreamt it would be what it is today and what a difference we have made to women’s golf, women and the golf industry.”
Today they operate in both Calgary & Edmonton and are 600+ members strong. Today they feel proud to be a part of growing the game and the relationships they have developed, and many of their clients love what they offer.
“I’d like to thank you both and all the gals for giving me a summer like never before. I have had the best time ever. I loved everything I have learned and look forward to learning much more about the best sport in the whole world. More importantly for all the wonderful fellowship I was able to have this summer, what an incredible group of women. I just had a blast and look forward to many more adventures with Golfaround.” Di Zimmer - Calgary
“I wanted to thank you for organizing this league. It was the most fun I have had in a long time, and especially enjoyed the opportunity to golf at different golf courses throughout the summer, and of course the relaxed attitude of fellow players.” Carolyn Scheidt - Edmonton
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