Keilor Public Golf Course is the home of grassroots golf in the northwestern suburbs of Melbourne. From its humble beginnings to the present day, the venue has played a role in navigating the golf journey of junior golfers – many of whom have played at Keilor from the age of six.
Golf looks very different at Keilor today with more female golfers paving their own paths in what is traditionally a male-dominant sport. With an average of 326 female golfers playing at Keilor each month, their personalities, backgrounds and ages are as diverse as the clubs they swing.
“I watched my brother have lessons and play golf for five years and decided to give it a go in 2019. Everyone has been really welcoming and I’ve enjoyed playing on the golf course and practising at the driving range. Keilor Public Golf Course is my home course, it’s a challenging golf course. I have made new friends and love being playing with the ladies on Friday’s during the school holidays,” said 15-year old Mikaylah, a MyGolf Girls participant.
“Finding a sport for a teenager is tricky especially as they go through phases of what’s cool and what’s not. Golf has been a great game for my daughter as it teaches her that not every game can be played perfectly or will have the same results if playing weekly. Keilor Public Golf Course has a great atmosphere for women and is the perfect golf course for girls to learn and develop skills at their own pace,” said Sally, mum of two girls aged 10 and 13 at Keilor Public Golf Course.
Jack McDonald, Venue Manager says, “Keilor Public Golf Course is committed to growing female participation in Golf. Programs such as Women’s Health Week, This Girl Can & Get Into Golf Women are hosted annually at the venue. These programs have contributed to a significant uptrend in female visitation and membership at the course. We are looking forward to continuing our work in this space, to improve accessibility to female golf programs, and facilitate further uptake of female golf participation in the community.”
This International Women’s Day, Keilor Public Golf Course celebrates its female patrons and members who add to the tapestry of what makes the venue unique, welcoming and inclusive golf course for all.