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The UK Golf Federation Launches Free Handicap For Independent Golfers Across The UK
London, UK - The UK Golf Federation has partnered with fibodo, the booking software specialists, to provide the 2 million independent golfers throughout the UK a Free Handicap through a brand new free digital platform, "UK GOLF”, to both harness and build on the increased participation golf has enjoyed in the last year, and help clubs boost visitor income. 

Through the new platform, independent golfers will be able to obtain their FREE for life handicap and access it via the web, mobile or App (iOS & Android). Joining UK GOLF will also give golfers a range of unique features designed to help increase their enjoyment in the game, as well as boosting visitor revenue for golf clubs across the whole of the UK. UK GOLF is now open for club registrations, with the platform available to independent golfers from early July. 

Subject to 3rd party tee sheet integrations, golf clubs will soon be able to promote their tee sheet inventory, take bookings, and boost green fee revenues through UK GOLF users. 

Richard Haygarth, Chairman of the UK Golf Federation and multi-site golf operator says, "I have long believed that players who have a handicap are much more likely to keep playing golf. Clubs have known for many years that one of the unique aspects of golf is the fact that golfers of widely differing abilities can compete with each other through the handicap system. Golf is a very social game, bringing a huge range of people together and the social aspect keeps people coming back. The fact that the UK GOLF free handicap will now be available to all golfers for life can really help keep people playing golf. This is a massive step forward for the game of golf in the UK."

Anthony Franklin, Managing Director of fibodo adds, "It’s so inspiring to see the UK Golf Federation using technology to improve the game of golf for every golfer and independent course across the UK. Today, golfers of every age group expect more from every brand they deal with, including golf courses. Inclusive clubs and organisations that embrace new technologies to engage better with golfers can only thrive with these incredible value-added services. UK GOLF's free for life handicap will encourage more people to play more often at their local and far off courses with friends, family and groups. It's a significant step forward, supporting the golfer to improve their game and golf courses to increase revenues from a more active golf community, everyone benefits from this." 

So, it’s a win!win! for the golf industry and the 1,000 plus proprietary and commercially minded UK Golf Federation members across the whole of the UK. By putting the independent golfer at the centre of the UK Golf Federation strategy, it can increase golf participation, put the revenue generated from rounds played by members and secondary spending back into golf, while also increasing long-term golf club membership numbers. 

Plus, the UK Golf Federation is a ‘not for profit’ organisation and guarantees to invest any profits from the UK Golf Player App back into the game. 

END For more information contact: Doug Poole – CEO – - 07711665247 UK Golf Federation Network House, Stubbs Lane, Cleckheaton, BD19 4TT - 02476 414999. More information on membership is available on the UK Golf Federation website where savings of £1,000 on services can be found (T&C’s apply) and it is quick and easy for new members to join. The UKGF is a not-for-profit organisation now with over 800 member facilities whose aims are to represent and support the interests of proprietary, and operator commercial golf courses and driving ranges in the UK. It takes a key role in providing leadership in discussions with Government and golf’s governing bodies on all matters that impact commercially minded golf facilities. The Federation has a programme of benefits and opportunities for its members to enable them to understand and develop their business. Its mission is to "grow golf participation through open access golf facilities and grow the bottom line.