England Golf are celebrating Women in Golf from 29th July to 5th August, and we are celebrating right along with them! Kilnwick Percy Resort & Golf Club is part of Darwin Escapes’ portfolio of 3 beautiful golf courses around the UK. Located in 180 acres of the stunning Yorkshire Wolds, you can enjoy a challenging game on the 120 acres golf course. Memberships offer competitive rates, a fantastic social life and access to Kilnwick Percy Resort’s 5 star facilities too!
Celebrating Women in Golf, England Golf will be sharing stories of all the different roles woman have in the game, from talented players and celebrities to the amazing volunteers behind the scenes. Keep an eye out for their #whyigolf on their social channels to read some amazing stories.
Kilnwick Percy Resort & Golf Club are honouring our own talented Women in Golf, we had a quick Q&A session with Lady Captain Delia Smith, so read below to find out more about her and why she golfs.
- What or who inspired you to get involved with golf?
I worked at a golf club part-time from 2001 and full time from 2003 and after a few years I thought I should have a go. The greenkeepers received free memberships but I would be the first member of the clubhouse. The pro gave me a few lessons and then when he left, a member took me under his wing and taught me everything, he took me onto the course every Tuesday and was very patient!
- How long have you been playing? Or what age did you take it up?
I am 37 and have played for 12 years
- How often do you play?
Usually twice a week Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Do you have a favourite format?
Stableford, you can pick up and move on if having a bad hole!
- Do you play with the same people all the time?
I usually play Tuesdays and Thursdays with the ladies.
- In one word describe how golf makes you feel?
- What does it feel like when you finally hit ‘that shot’?
You think you can play!! Returning time and time again to see if you can do it
- What would you say to someone thinking about taking up golf? Have a go, you will have a laugh and meet lots of people.
- Why did you decide to become a member, and then captain, at Kilnwick Percy?
When the business I was working for went into administration I didn’t know if I wanted to keep playing. One of the lady members invited me to Kilnwick Percy, which was where she joined with her husband. I enjoyed the game and so decided it was close to home and a good course. It has come on so much in since I joined, this year it looks and plays very well. After a few years I was asked to think about being captain, I thought it was the right time and I have followed fantastic captains. Life is busy but I enjoy organising things!
- What is your favourite hole at Kilnwick Percy?
The 16th because the views are fantastic
- Have you played at any of Darwin Escapes’ other golf clubs?
No, but I would like to
- How has golf positively impacted your life?
It gives me a challenge and exercise
- What’s the best thing about being part of the golfing community?
Meeting a wide variety of people and in my job a lot of people who come to the bar talk golf so we have common ground
Darwin Escapes are proud owners of Kilnwick Percy Resort & Golf Club and are happy to help support England Golf’s week of Women in Golf in telling Delia’s story and why she golfs.
Kilnwick Percy Resort & Golf Club membership brings discounts at our 5 star facilities, including the Glasshouse Restaurant, as well as competitive rates for one of the best golf clubs in the region, with a spectacular course to help challenge you. Enjoy a drink after your game at the Glasshouse Restaurant, or opt for a relaxing Aromatherapy Associates treatment at the Tranquility Spa to soothe those aching muscles.
Kilnwick Percy Resort & Golf Club has facilities to delight and a course to excite you, it could be everything you’re looking for…