10 Things You Might Not Know about the PGA

Bowood are extremely pleased to have recently become an elite member of the PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association). As a branded property of the association, we are now a PGA Golf Course and PGA Academy.

The hard and accurate work of our dedicated team across all areas of the hotel, not just on the golf course, has led to our affiliation. And that goes hand-in-hand with the loyalty of our members and guests, whose attendance and feedback has all come together to help us achieve such a prestigious status.

Despite our excitement, we understand that not all our hotel guests and members will be familiar with the PGA.

So, to clear up any uncertainties and to share this new-found success with our loyal members and guests, we’re unveiling everything we think you ought to know about the PGA.

So, what does PGA qualified mean? And how do we expect it to enhance Bowood and what we offer?

Here are 10 things you might not know about the PGA:

#1 The PGA is recognised as a global professional golfing association

Being part of the PGA gives Bowood global recognition within professional golf. Our course is now seen to be on the same level as some of the best golf courses across the world.

To put it simply: We’ve become part of world class golfing elite.

We expect that those with a keen interest in golf will want to travel to Bowood to indulge in the superior golfing opportunities we offer. No matter where they live.

The fact that other PGA accredited golf courses are based in Kenya and Spain proves the sheer prestige of this accreditation, and its rarity in the UK.

Of course, we’ve been lucky enough to be making the most of our fantastic course for a number of years. It’s not changing drastically as a result of the affiliation- but it is becoming more recognised.

So when it comes to preferred professional golfing venues, we’re very much on the map.

#2 There is a difference between a PGA Golf Course and a PGA Academy

And we’ve gained status as both.

As we’ve mentioned above, being recognised as a PGA Golf Course makes us one of the top choices for golfing facilities in the UK and worldwide.

Bowood is now regarded as a superior golfing venue, considering the course itself, as well as the hotel’s brasserie, accommodation and spa.

As a PGA Academy, we’ve demonstrated that we can enhance golf skills in our players, through high-level coaching from trained professionals.

Our Pro golfers are PGA professionals with over 50 years’ experience. If you’ve played on our course before and experienced some coaching, you’ll know the skill level of our coaches and also their ability to progress beginner, intermediate and even “expert” players.

The PGA has recognised Bowood’s facilities to cater for golfers of all ages, genders and abilities, which means that we are proven to provide an excellent hub for learning new techniques and enhancing existing skills.

Who knows…perhaps we’ll be the home golf course of the next Tiger Woods? We’ve already developed a number of international level athletes, so training an elite-level sports person is not out of the question.

The bar is set high. And all of our guests, members and visitors to our hotel can benefit from our high-standard of coaching- that is sought-after on an international scale.

#3 Bowood is not the only PGA golf course in the UK

Golf enthusiasts will, no doubt, have heard about the legendary golf course The Belfry.

The Belfry is the UK’s PGA National Course. It is well-connected and easily accessible by Birmingham Airport and Birmingham city centre.

The course is famous for its 500-acres of superior Warwickshire countryside, as well as it’s high-quality accommodation and facilities in the hotel.

For Bowood to be part of the PGA and valued on a similar level to The Belfry is an absolute honour and an exciting prospect for our hotel’s future.

Note that The Belfry has a superior partnership status with the PGA, so we’re not quite on the same level as that.

# 4 There are just 8 PGA Golf Academies to date

We may not be a partner of the PGA, however, to get to grips with how superior our accreditation really is, it is helpful to know that Bowood is now one of eight (yes that’s right, just eight) PGA golf academies to date.

We are listed as one of the best places to develop golfing skills and learn from the professionals, along with the following locations:

  • PGA Golf Academy, Carus Green
  • Laguna Golf, Phuket
  • PGA Golf Academy, Bayhood No.9
  • PGA Golf Academy, Mission Hills
  • PGA Golf Academy, Formby Hall
  • PGA Golf Academy, Close House
  • PGA Golf Academy, University Limerick

Being classed alongside the magnificent locations above is just another of the reasons why the PGA association is so beneficial for our hotel.

#5 The PGA partners the Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup is arguably one of the most famous awards in the sport. The PGA has been involved with the Ryder Cup since it began in 1927. And it still plays a part nowadays.

For those that are more familiar with Pro golf, the PGA is a partner in the European Ryder Cup LLP, as well as the European tour.

And if you’ve seen what the Ryder Cup looks like, donated to the sport by Sam Ryder himself, you’ll have noticed the 17-inch figure on the top. That figure is Abe Mitchell. One of the most famous members of the PGA and Sam Ryder’s personal coach.

#6 The PGA is affiliated with huge brands

Not only is the PGA supported by legends in golf like Abe Mitchell, it is also affiliated with massive brands.

Some of these brands are:

  • Coca Cola- soft drinks manufacturer.
  • Gleneagles- 2014 Ryder Cup venue and renowned golf resort.
  • FJ- footwear manufacturer.
  • The Belfry- hotel and golf resort. Home to PGA Headquarters.
  • Optical Express- Leading eye laser surgery provider.
  • Glenmuir 1891- club embroidery.
  • BMW- Title sponsor of the PGA Championships.
  • Prostate Cancer UK- official charity of the PGA.

Just by looking at the size and calibre of these brands, it is clear to see what a big deal it is being part of the PGA.

We hope to expand and improve our facilities at Bowood, in response to this excellent accreditation.

#7 PGA professionals are highly trained, often to degree level

In order to become a PGA affiliated professional, it takes time and hard work. Our Pros have undergone extensive training to get where they are today.

Many of the PGA Pros are educated to degree level. They are trained with the most recent expertise and skills in the sport, to ensure they provide the best and most relevant standard of golf to date.

A professional qualification with the PGA involves:

  • Full or part-time higher education
  • First aid certificate
  • Work experience in a golf environment
  • ASQ Level 1 and 2 certificates in golf coaching
  • Experience in playing professional golf events
  • Child protection certificate.

#8 The PGA runs over 700 annual tournaments

And here at Bowood we’ll be hosting the final of the PGA Championship in July 2019.

We couldn’t be more excited.

The Championship invites various golf societies to play on our hotel grounds and the course will provide a testing ground for 144 talented players.

We’re looking forward to watching and receiving feedback on their experience on the course.

Our Head GreenKeeper and his team are already working hard to ensure the course is at optimum condition in preparation for the Championship event.

If you’d like to play on this iconic course as a member, then why not join us as a member here at Bowood?

#9 The PGA works closely with golf bodies

The PGA works with golf bodies such as the UK Golf Course Owners Association and the Home Unions and Golf Club Managers’ Association, as well as various golf club committees.

This means that the credibility of the association is extremely high. If you’re looking to start your golfing career (and by that we mean amateur players too), then by choosing a PGA accredited venue like Bowood, you can be confident you’re learning in the most reliable way.

#10 #WeLoveGolf and the WPGA represent women in golf

Golf is not just a sport for men. The campaign #WeLoveGolf is the PGA’s modern campaign to get more women playing golf.

The WPGA is the section of the PGA dedicated to women. Set up by the epic female golfer Vivien Saunders in 1978, she gifted the name WPGA into the safe hands of the PGA in 1998.

So while the association is run overall by men, there is a continued effort to get more women involved in golf.

Women who join the PGA automatically become members of the WPGA.

We welcome female members here at Bowood.

Bowood and the PGA

Bowood’s new status with the PGA gives our hotel spa and golf resort global recognition on the professional golfing scene. We want to share the prestige of the PGA with our guests, members and anybody thinking about coming to stay with us.

We’re looking forward to welcoming more local golfers, as well as making continued developments to our world-class golf course.

Join us today for what is set to be one of our most exciting years in golf to date.

Wiltshire is a beautiful county at the edge of the South West Peninsula.

Wiltshire is a beautiful county at the edge of the South West Peninsula. Its landscape is contrasting, with woodlands, river valleys and clay vales – but often it’s known for having open chalk hills – known as “downland” – such as Salisbury Plain. Famously, Salisbury Plain is home to one of the most historically important places in the world. That is, of course, the World Heritage SiteStonehenge.

Wiltshire is a place of significant ancient history, and it’s worth visiting for this alone – but it’s also a modern cultural hub. There’s always lots to do, and Christmas in no exception. To save you some googling here’s a round up what’s on in Wiltshire this Christmas.

Bread Making, Devizes – 1st Dec

The aroma of bread baking is the loveliest in the known universe. Then again, are there aromas in space? There’s no air, so…

Moving on.

Bread is one of those things that defies seasonal shifts and time. This means it’s not, not Christmassy. Kneading dough and baking bread are also warming activities perfect for dark, wintry afternoons.

If you fancy learning the basics why not try this course.

Hartley Farm Christmas Market, Bradford-on-Avon – 1st Dec

Alongside producing superb quality Aberdeen Angus Beef and fruit and veg, Hartley Farm helps supply its own farm shop – with a butcher, delicatessen and a vast choice of wines and craft beers.

The Hartley Farm Christmas market is a fine way to while away a couple of hours with a glass of mulled wine, some delicious Wiltshire produce and Christmas performances.

“You bought how many artisan cheeses? 26?”

The Christmas House, Salisbury – 24th Nov to 23rd Dec

Christmas through the ages, all under one roof.

For this year’s festive season, the National Trust are decorating the rooms in Mompesson House to reflect Christmas in different eras. This brilliant idea will have you walking between a Regency Christmas in the dining room and a 1950s one in the library, as you snack on a mince pie or two.

Crop Circle Exhibition – until 31st Dec

Apologies, this isn’t festive at all. It’s intriguing, impressive and downright weird though. If you’re interested in crop circles or think you could be – this is your moment.

Are they created by farmers with planks of wood, for a laugh – or as geometric representations of the thought processes of an extra-terrestrial intelligence?

This multi-media exhibition, first created for the Wiltshire Museum is a comprehensive lowdown on crop circle history and latest news.

For more info – please click here.

 

Festival of Light, Longleat – 9th Nov to 6th Jan

The Longleat Estate made history, becoming the first place outside of Africa to have a safari park. It’s also the focus of the BBC TV series ‘Animal Park’, hosted by Ben Fogle and Kate Humble – that’s been running for almost 20 years.

Longleat’s ‘Festival of Light’ is 1,000 lanterns in the dark, illuminating parts of a fantastic journey through time and space, spread over 30 acres of parkland.

Intrepid visitors will stumble across brand new creatures, worlds and awesome structures on an epic aeronautical adventure.

For more info – please click here.

Mistletoe & Merriment, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury – From 25th Nov

This year’s exhibition at Fisherton Mill, is about giving your Christmas shopping a fresh sense of curiosity and wonder.

The exhibition will feature a range of contemporary arts and crafts, designed to be playful, make you think and baffle you – including optical illusions.

“Is the cat inside or outside the toy box and is it actually a box anyway, or a flat wall panel?”.

This is a direct quote from the website, and it sounds hilarious – in a good way.

Why not check out the website.

Twilight Tower Tours, Salisbury Cathedral – From 3rd Dec

Salisbury Cathedral is iconic, and not only has the highest spire in the country (at 123 metres) but also the most intact of the last four remaining copies of the Magna Carta.

If you’re ready to climb 322 steps to the top of the tower, with breaks, you’ll be able to look out onto the night-time city scape of Salisbury and the multi-colour illuminated art installations in cathedral close.

Look out for the neon display “I will turn darkness into light”.

A twilight tour of Salisbury Cathedral tower is a lovely way to end a day spent wandering around the Salisbury Christmas market.

For more info – please click here.

Salisbury Christmas Market – 29th Nov to 23rd Dec

Now in its sixth year, the Christmas market is a wonderfully atmospheric addition to the ancient streets of Salisbury. It follows a German lead and has 70 wooden chalets with all sorts of Christmas treats – from handmade furniture to luxury food and drink.

It’s a perfect accompaniment to a festive shopping spree in Salisbury.  Plus, everything is unique, desirable, made in Britain and intended to support our home economy.

Read more.

A Fairy tale Christmas in Wiltshire

Christmas at Bowood, in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside is a magical experience. Our boutique hotel, spa and golf resort is nestled within 100 acres of pristine, landscaped gardens – which are beautiful when tinged with winter frosts.

If you catch a chill whilst exploring our grounds, why not settle by a crackling log fire with a glass of something, or enjoy a festive afternoon tea? You could also visit our spa for a revitalising treatment. Golf warms the cockles too.

At Bowood, we love Christmas. That’s why we’ve filled our festive calendar to the rafters. Here’s a handful not to miss –

Spa Christmas Shopping Evening

Golf Pro Shop 30% Off Christmas Shopping Day

Family Christmas Carvery

Christmas Day Carvery

Up for a festive knees up? We also have party nights throughout December. In advance, we wish you a merry Christmas!

Thanks for reading.