The Muslim Golf Association and love.golf have launched a new golf coaching programme, encouraging Muslim women to start playing.
The introductory experience at Stonebridge Golf Club near Coventry, specially designed with Muslim women in mind, sold out within 12 hours and attracted 25 women and a waiting list of more than 40.
Participants were invited to wear traditional clothing and took to the golf course for their very first taste of the game led by PGA Professional Hannah Crump, who hosted a fun-filled 90-minute love.golf experience.
"Today was phenomenal," said Fahra Bhatti who was one of the participants.
"It totally exceeded expectations and everyone is absolutely buzzing from the session. If you'd told me a year ago I would be playing golf, I wouldn't have believed you, but here I am. I absolutely loved it and the atmosphere was so fun, encouraging and supportive."
love.golf is an empowering group coaching experience for women which takes place out on the golf course, in a rewarding environment that gives them the freedom to explore a new skill, discover their potential and bond with a supportive group of like-minded women.
Globally, women make up just 24% of golfers. But research indicates that there is a strong interest in golf, with nearly a third of non-golfing women saying they are interested in taking up the sport, attracted by the opportunity to be outdoors, relax and spend time with family friends.
"I've been inundated with messages from the women who took part. They thoroughly enjoyed their experience and are eager to continue," said Amir Malik, the CEO of the Muslim Golf Association.
"The level of take-up for the day was unprecedented. It's triggered enquiries from all corners of the UK and now we want to take the experience to as many Muslim women as possible."