A DRIVE to get teenagers onto the fairways has proved a success at a Chester golf club.

The Cheshire Golf Partnership’s ‘Go 4 Green 16-19’ campaign offered eight free lessons from qualified PGA coaches at clubs throughout the county.

Upton-by-Chester Golf Club, which already caters for more than 75 junior golfers, was delighted to get a group of five girls and five boys signed up for the scheme from an age group that is often lost to the sport due to other commitments like exams, university and starting work.

Junior organiser Jenny Turner said: “Everyone really enjoyed the course and now we are looking at how we can build on its success. It certainly makes a change from computer games for them.

“We are working on further strengthening our ties to the local schools, which include after school activities involving lessons at the school and at the club.”

The sessions for 16 to 19-year-olds are just part of a wide range of activities at the club, in Upton Lane, aimed at attracting both new juniors to the game and adult beginners.

The club, which has been awarded GolfMark/ClubMark for its child-friendly approach, is holding a family fun day on Saturday, July 30, which is open to non-members and will feature golf related games as well as a host of other stalls.