Louise Campbell

February 20, 2024

Louise Campbell, who retired just before the pandemic hit, became one of 1.9 million people in the UK to take up golf in the last four years. Three years on, and partly thanks to her local club’s Get into Golf programme, her handicap is 21 and she is playing, competing and socialising regularly.

Louise Campbell opted for life on the fairway following her retirement four years ago and is now a fully-fledged season ticket holder at Montrose Golf Links and Carnoustie in Angus where she plays in tournaments and is part of the club’s thriving plans for the future…

Her new-found passion was facilitated by our female group sessions, also known as Montrose Golf Links’ Ladies Get into Golf programme, delivered by PGA professional Jason Boyd.

“Golf is a social sport… I have made friends for life through the programme.”

Designed for players of all abilities and particularly those Ladies who are new to the game, PGA Professional Jason targets those Ladies looking to take their first steps in golf through fun and interactive group sessions and integrating them into the club with introductions to others.

Now playing off a handicap of 21 in just 3 years, Louise hopes to encourage a new generation of golfers to experience the sport’s health and social benefits.

Women with a male golf pro showing her performance on a Trackman device

“I decided to give golf a go after seeing the options at Montrose Golf Links and the Get into Golf programme ,” said Louise. “ I started as a complete novice with very little knowledge or skill of the game.”

“I’ve found golf to be a great way to meet new, like-minded people.”

“Golf is a social sport, so joining alone with no experience might seem a bit daunting. But I was made very welcome and with Jason’s support the process of developing my skills on the course was very enjoyable, the group environment was ideal and I have made friends for life through the programme.”

“The social aspect is really important. During the programme we spent time in the clubhouse analysing the day and I’ve found golf to be a great way to meet new, like-minded people who I can play with in a relaxed environment that keeps me active and in the outdoors.” 

Louise Campbell, a female golfer hitting a shot on the 1562 course with sea views in the background

 

Louise added: “People value their mental and physical wellbeing differently now compared to before the Pandemic.”

“Golf gives me the perfect excuse to be outside, get moving and integrate with others in a world where it can be so easy to live in your own bubble. I couldn’t recommend taking up golf highly enough. My husband Keith plays regularly now too!”

“It’s been a great experience for me and can hopefully encourage others to engage with the sport.”

Women swinging her drive in a golf lesson, with the male golf pro monitoring performance with a trackman

Jason Boyd added: “Louise’s story shows just how golf can be enjoyed by people of all ages,  and those without prior experience and knowledge of the sport. “Our Get into Golf programmes were designed with the purpose of engaging new players and helping people develop their skills on the course, and realise the importance of the social side of the sport too. I am pleased to see Louise follow this pathway and look forward to helping her and others in the future.”