The winner takes it all... it's the golfing battle of the bands

Jun 29, 2015

Some might say it's not the place you'd expect to see the fab four, a 70s Swedish pop group, and a rebellious 90s rock band.

But the likes of The Beatles, Abba, The Sex Pistols, The Village People and Oasis will be taking to the tees for one day only next month at Hull Golf Club, as a golfing version of the 'Battle of the Bands' is staged.

The event is being organised by One Stop Golf and Hull Golf Club, which have joined forces recently in a push to encourage more people, both young and old ‐ to take up the sport.

Team places for the 'Battle of the Bands', on Friday, July 10, are still available, and One Stop Golf director Mark Rozenbroek - who himself will be playing as Paul McCartney in the Beatles team on the day ‐ says there are some obvious bands still missing.

"It would be good to see if Take That could come and try and rule the world, or if a Spice Girls team would say they'd be there. The Rolling Stones would be good too, but you can't always get what you want," he said.

"I'm confident however that, with a little help from my friends, my Beatles team will come together to succeed and we'll be the champions ‐ even if Queen are a late entry."

England Golf ‐‐ the game's governing body at amateur level across the country, recently awarded One Stop Golf its 'Modernisation Award' in recognition of its work in attracting new people to the sport through offering games such as Pirate Adventure Golf, Fun Golf and Footgolf at its centre, alongside first-class facilities and coaching for serious players and professionals.

This latest event is just a bit of fun, but Mr Rozenbroek believes introducing light-hearted competition to players every now and again can keep people in the sport.

"Like any sport, it can all get a bit serious at times, and every now and then you have to stop and remember why you start playing any sport, which is usually to keep fit and have some fun," he said.

"We have to thank Hull Golf Club, in particular professional Aaron Pheasant, for helping us be able to put this event on as a one-off.

"We just try to think of ways to encourage more people to find new ways of enjoying the sport, and everybody loves music, and a bit of dressing up, so it should be a great day.

"As long as Madonna doesn't turn up and go down a hole in one like she did at the Brits, we'll all have a great time.

Alongside Hull Golf Club, One Stop Golf is currently making a big push towards attracting families, offering four free lessons with qualified PGA instructors ‐ with 250 places available ‐ to beginners.

Lessons are firstly held in the informal surroundings of One Stop Golf's gaming centre in National Avenue, before progressing to play a round at the Kirk Ella-based course, considered one of the best in the region, before hopefully becoming members.

Already dozens of new players, particularly families, have taken advantage of the offer, with many young children keen to meet One Stop's newest member, mascot Gopher, who adds an extra fun element.

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  • "Great place for some crazy pirate golf. Footgolf and driving range also available."Chris Stork
  • "Superb range with a well-stocked shop and a nice pub/cafe. They also have a well maintained Pirate Adventure Golf and a Footgolf course."James Osborne
  • "Can’t beat the chips - they taste amazing with plenty of chip spice on. Perfect to enjoy after hitting a basket of balls on the range."Barrie Swallow

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