Karen Woodrow presents the GolfMark award to Paul Searle, watched by Luke Harris and Edd Howes.

Searles Golf Club have hit an ace and scored a first for Norfolk.

The Hunstanton club have become the first in the county to achieve the new-style, national GolfMark award in recognition of their work to grow the game.

GolfMark is England Golf’s official seal of approval for clubs successfully working to develop their business by attracting new members and encouraging existing members to play more, using practical business planning to develop the club, offering appropriate coaching and playing opportunities for all standards and ensuring safeguarding policies are in place for the junior section.

Club manager Edd Howes said: “We always aim to be the most welcoming club on the Norfolk coast and achieving the GolfMark award backs this up and shows that we are a club for everyone, be it a local resident just starting the game, a junior, an established golfer or a holiday maker.

“This award recognises the hard work and huge strides we have made as a club and we will keep working hard to develop golf in our area, using the focus GolfMark has given us to continue to improve and attract new members and golfers.”

County development officer Karen Woodrow said: “Searles has a great team of people all working together to make golf accessible to all. The club has a clear vision of where it wants to be and a sound business plan setting out how it intends to get there.”