Celebrate Women's International Day at Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club
March 05 2020
March 05 2020
Each year is filled with important events, holidays and observances. We make a point each year of observing special religious festivals like Christmas and Ramadan, holidays and Spring Festivals and we commemorate key days in history or special people, like Independence Day or Father's Day. Just around the corner is another of these special days: the 8th of March 2020 marks International Women’s Day (IWD).
Women’s Day, while not recognised as a public holiday in many parts of the world, is a crucial day to celebrate, in whichever way is important to you. This day revolves around celebrating women’s rights and the achievements (on all levels) of women throughout history, as well as inspire a greater awareness around gender inequality and a need for change where it exists.
There is no “right” or “wrong” way to celebrate this day, it’s important to mark it in some way, especially as a woman. Not sure how? Why not commemorate Women’s Day with a special golf day celebrating women at Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club?
Interested? Then this is what you need to know about this history of women in golf and this phenomenal golf day:
Golf at Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club is certainly not “just for men”
In the past, the word ‘golf’ was mistakenly thought to be an acronym for “Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden”. In reality, however, the word is said to date back hundreds of years (in several different forms) and is believed, ultimately, to mean “club”.
Today, golf is as much for women as it is for men, and this is certainly true at the esteemed Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club, which encourages women to participate in golfing activities and events. Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club itself caters to women well, with a sizable women’s changing room, an excellent Pro Shop (which stocks a wide range of golfing attire and equipment for women as well as men) and dining outlets with a variety of options to suit everyone’s palates. The secluded beach near the golf club has a stunning beachside bar as well as sunloungers and umbrellas—it’s the ultimate place to get a dose of vitamin D or enjoy a fruity cocktail after a round on the greens.
Female golfers have played a huge role in the history of golf
Despite the fact that golf has long been known as a “man’s game”, women have been playing it for centuries. It’s believed that the history of women playing golf dates back to the 1500s with many believing Mary Queen of Scots to be the first female to play the game. The fabled St Andrews Links golf course was actually even created during her reign and it’s widely believed that she is the person who first used the word ‘caddie’. A historian of the time, George Buchanan, wrote that Mary, Queen of Scots was playing “sports that were clearly unsuitable to women.” This is something women have proved to be incorrect time and time again.
Over the years, women became increasingly interested in golf across the UK and Scotland, but the interest didn't last long and it evolved into an elite men’s sport during which business talks, which women were not privy to, often took place. It was only in 1876 when St Andrews formed The Ladies Club (the first golf organisation for women) that the interest in golf was sparked once more, which eventually led to the inception of women’s championships.
Women golfers have always had a big role to play in the game, for example, in 1893, female golfer Issette Miller invented the first golf handicap system and in 1935, Babe Didrikson Zaharias made history when she played in the Los Angeles Open and was the first female to do so.
In 1950, with the rise of women players, Zaharias co-founded the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), the oldest sports association for women in America, and which is still a huge part of the golfing scene today. From there, things changed drastically for women golfers and today, some of the best golfers in the world are women. It’s going to be fascinating to see how women disrupt the status quo of golf further into the future.
Annika Sorenstam is one of the greatest golfers of all time
There have been some excellent female golfers over the years, but by far one of the most renowned is the incredible Annika Sorenstam. While she is known across the globe as one of the greatest players of all time, Sorenstam is also a highly influential businesswoman.
Having started playing golf at the age of 12, Sorenstam went on to play in a professional men’s tournament, played for the Swedish national team and founded the Annika Foundation during her career, among many other accomplishments. By the time she left competitive golf at the end of the 2008 season, she had won a whopping 90 international tournaments—the most out of any other female golfer in the world.
Sorenstam has won 72 LPGA tournaments (including 10 majors) as well as 18 other tournaments, and has earned over $22 million during her career. In 2003, she played in the Bank of America Colonial tournament to become the first woman to play in a PGA Tour since 1945. These are just some of her career highlights, making her not only an iconic golfing figure but a huge role model for women across the world.
Female golfers have even changed golf fashion
Golf fashion has come a long way since the early days when the game was still young and people even played in their normal day-to-day clothing, that at the time was extremely difficult to play in (think huge skirts, many layers and even the dainty hat perched on the heads of lady golfers).
The evolution of women’s golf fashion has come a long way since, with iconic female golfers like Michelle Wie (who is regularly voted the most stylish female golfer by some and criticized for her choices by others), Cheyenne Woods and Sharmilla Nicollet paving the way with their golf attire. These women have made everything from golf leggings, Swarovski-spangled Nikes and vibrantly coloured golf gear to golf dresses, skirts and racerback tops look stylish on the greens.
In fact, many young female golfers even have their own golf attire brands (like Soo Jin Yang) or have made appearances in fashion magazines (like Ms Woods, for example). It’s great to see women stepping out of the ‘norm’ and making bold golf fashion choices.
Golf is a much-loved sport amongst female celebrities
If you love the game of golf then you share this passion with a huge array of women from all over the world, including actresses, singers and politicians. Here are just a few of the most notable female celebrity golfers:
The Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club Women’s Day is sure to be exceptional
Celebrating Women’s Day by partaking in the special golf day at Ile aux Cerfs is a wonderful way to enjoy your favourite sport and commemorate all the impressive women who have helped to shape women’s golf into what it is today.
The team at the Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club is organising a memorable day for avid golf fans which will take place on International Women’s Day itself (8 March 2020), will start at 08:30 and will take the format of a two-team scramble.
As part of the day, additional benefits are also offered, such as 50% off of the green fees for the 2nd player, a 20% discount for women at the Pro Shop and the club’s restaurants and bars, and a 30% discount for women on golf lessons at the Golf Academy. This is sure to be a day to remember.
Interested in joining the festivities at Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club for women’s day? Then contact us for more information or to book your spot today.