Knowing the women’s golf participation statistics (26% – the share of registered adult female golfers in 2021) in Europe and in Portugal (20% – the share of registered adult female golfers in 2021), Penha Longa Resort‘s latest initiative of joining R&A’s Women in Golf Charter (founded in 2018) is really rejoicing.
What is very interesting in the case of Penha Longa Resort is the share of female staff: 48%. The national average in Portugal is 49.7%. I would welcome it if the resort would incorporate inclusivity in its company culture and provide attractive career & personal growth opportunities for women.
It would be also important to put inclusivity as a strategic priority of the resort.
The goal of the aforementioned R&A charter is to inspire an industry-wide commitment to developing a more inclusive culture within golf around the world and enable more women and girls to flourish and maximize their potential at all levels of the sport.
Penha Longa Resort aims to provide introductions to golf as well as offering resort-wide initiatives to grow female representation.
As part of the commitment and through supporting the objectives of the charter, Penha Longa Resort will become one of the 900+ signatories, which include National Federations, golf clubs, professional tours, and organizations.
Penha Longa Resort has committed to multiple projects as part of the Women in Golf Charter, most notably starting with the facilities at the resort and looking to build upon what they currently offer female members and guests.
In addition, the resort hopes to grow its 135-person female workforce in key areas such as the Operations department and Greenkeeping team.
Programs for women
Penha Longa Resort has lined up several attractive events including an introduction to golf, Learn to Love Golf Clinic, on the 22nd of May.
The clinic will take place for over an hour and will be exclusively for women and girls, offering them an introduction to golf, followed by group tuition on the driving range.
With the recent introduction of their new female professional, Susana Mendes Ribeiro, the event will be an enjoyable experience for all females to try a new sport with friends and family.
The resort has also announced the introduction of a female-only package, Mind, Body and Golf, which not only provides an opportunity to experience the golf on offer but also the other resort amenities.
The package includes 9-holes of golf on the Monastery course, including a buggy, practice balls to warm-up with a small Penha Longa Gift to start the day.