G.A.G.V. Pitch is the student golf association of Groningen. Everybody that is a student at Hanze University of Applied Sciences or RUG (Groningen University) can become a member. By becoming a member you can obtain your handicap 54 at a very affordable rate, and play the course (9 or 18 holes) with student discount as well. As a member you get unlimited access to the training facilities, such as the driving range (indoor and outdoor and lighted driving range after dark), the chipping green and the putting green. With the recent addition of a full 9 hole par 3 course, which is standing so you can play qualifying rounds here too, there is plenty of options to train and improve your game. The par 3 course does require a greenfee, but a greenfee is valid the entire day, so not just for 9 or 18 holes.
There are more student golf associations throughout the country. Each of these associations hosts a “Student Golf Open”, which is a big tournament for all golfing students in the Netherlands. As a member you can participate in all these tournaments and compete for the highest ranking in the overall individual standings. Our own tournament, the Pitch Open, will be held on Saturday May 26th, and is also open for non-members. You can bring your roomates, people from your association, classmates, etc.. The tournament will be closed with a party.
Twice a year we organize an introductory lesson. In this lesson you’ll be able to explore the sport, get to know the professional and the association. All of this to help you see if golf is something you like! Afterwards there will be a small gathering where you can enjoy a beer and meet the board members. The lesson requires a fee of €5,-.To apply, fill out the form at the bottom of the page here.
Four times a year we organize lesson courses for beginners. Each course consists out of 5 lessons. When possible, the 4th and 5th lesson are combined to form a double lesson. In this double lesson you will practice on the course and play a few holes. For more information and applying, click here.
During the winter period we organise a course of 5 lessons for more advanced golfers. The professional will set out an individual learning course for you. In the application form you can explain which parts of the sports you want to adress and improve. To apply, fill out the form at the bottom of the page here.
Apart from the student tournaments throughout the year, we set up a competition team to enter the National competion. This is more serious and a handicap below 36 is required. All the games will be played localy, with no more than an hour of traveling. At the moment we only have an all-mens team (mixed teams are not allowed unfortunately). If you are a woman and are interested in playing in the competion, please contact the secretary via firstname.lastname@example.org. A minimum of 6 women is required to form a team for next year (2020).