A GOLFER from Harrogate is helping players get into the swing of social networking with a new internet service.
Lynda Grey, 50, has launched TeeOffTogether.co.uk, after becoming frustrated with conventional networking and dating sites.
It offers single golfers from Harrogate and further afield the chance to meet, make friends and maybe even find their dream match. As well as being a virtual community, the club organises golfing days out for its members – or TOTs, as they have nicknamed themselves – at courses across the North.
Lynda said: “I launched Tee off Together because I was trying to find a way of meeting people who share my passion for golf, but I couldn’t find anyone providing the service I wanted in my area. I love to throw a party and I’m passionate about getting people together around golf – so I thought I’d set it up myself.”
TOTs taking part in the pilot scheme have played Rudding Park, Harrogate, as well as courses in Cheshire, Northumberland and Northallerton, on specially organised trips complete with bacon rolls, a round of golf and a prizegiving dinner.
Although Tee off Together is not a dating service, Lynda says some of the players who have joined so far are looking for love. But whatever happens at the 19th hole is up to the TOTs themselves.
Lynda said: “I host every event and try to make sure everyone enjoys themselves. The only matches I am making are the ones I organise on the golf course – but a few sparks have emerged between members that could develop into something more.
“A lot of TOTs have tried internet dating and found it a drag. We prefer to join a big mixed group to spend a day doing something everyone loves, and it is a better way of meeting compatible people.
“Some members, who are rebuilding their confidence after being divorced or widowed, simply enjoy spending time with the opposite sex without the pressure of being on a date. Most of us, including me, are in it for good company, lasting friendships and the chance to play some of the best golf courses in the North.”
Tee Off Together member Wendy March, from Wakefield, added: “It’s a great way of meeting people to play mixed golf with, and the fact that it is mixed golf means it is more relaxed and fun, so people make friends very easily.
“The other benefit for me is the chance to play much more interesting courses than you would ever go to alone.”