FILEY Golf Club is in full swing after receiving glowing praise from a national governing body.
The West Avenue based club has seen its nine-hole academy course gain certification from the English Golf Union.
The move means the club joins a selected band of around 1,900 golf clubs to gain the authority’s recognition.
Opening up its status to amateur players across the country, the accolade means the course is now a venue where handicaps can be established and competitive action held.
Featuring two water hazards and a number of sand traps, the course measures 3,140 yards and has a par score of 55, with its longest hold standing at 277 yards.
Alan Botterill, a committee member at the club, said the certification was a huge boost.
He said: “This is the only nine-hole gold course in the area with this status.
“Much credit goes to the greenkeeping staff in this achievement and the course is a good test of golf skills with two holes requiring driving over water.
“Irrigation has also been piped to each green allowing watering to take place when it is required too.”
The course first came into fruition in 1989 when a feasibility study was carried out on the land and in 1992 the area was cleared of stone and grass and sown for the next five years.
Members were finally allowed to tee off in 1997 after the course’s official opening.
Mr Botterill said course officials hoped the official marker would now pave the way for swathes of new golfers in the town to take up the sport in the future.
He added: “The course is seen as a way of encouraging people to take up the game and we are also seeing work on planting trees and gorse and bunker improvements for the future.”