A Welsh golf club has opened its driving range and short game academy late at night to offer Muslims the chance to break their fast and then practice their golf or learn to play.

An initiative of Wales Golf during the month of Ramadan, Parc Golf Club found the combination of golf and food to be popular with 36 people turning up for a session between 11.30pm and 1am.

They included a full range of skills from pro Sahra Hassan to some who had never bought a golf club before.

Ramadan is an important religious holiday observed by Muslims around the world. It is a time of personal introspection, spiritual reflection, and increased devotion and worship through prayer and fasting, and would usually mean missing out on opportunities to play sports during this month.

“It’s the culmination of an idea we had a few months ago to do a project during Ramadan to keep people active,” explained Simon Lu, Women’s and Women’s Golf Coordinator for Wales Golf.

“We thought it was something the Muslim community would respond to and be part of our desire to see golf be more diverse.

“We see 30 to 40 people from the community showing up after breaking the fast. It’s about providing sports services to these communities when they want it, when they need it, that’s the most important thing.

“Many of them would not normally do any sport during the month of Ramadan as they save energy throughout the day.

“Then when they break the fast they have energy to burn, there is usually no supply for them.

“The Wales Golf team have been fantastic in terms of hearing the idea and then finding the time and resources to put it into place. It has received a lot of attention and a lot of positive energy from of everyone involved.

“We hope to use this as a catalyst to get more people from the Muslim community involved in the game of golf. You can see smiles everywhere and real talent on display, with a social aspect as well.

Jalal Goni, Founder of Amar Cymru (My Wales), added: “The Midnight Ramadan Golf was aimed at getting people of Muslim backgrounds into golf.

“Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims, so you break the fast and then say your last prayer, we have a time slot between sunset and sunrise, especially on weekends when people are not working.

“There is therefore a great opportunity to gain further involvement in golf, working alongside Wales Golf. Today 36 people showed up, but it looks like the number will double next week.

“The pros were amazing and everyone really enjoyed it. There is camaraderie and banter, people come to golf for the first time with their friends, so they enjoyed it.

“Golf was not seen as an accessible sport for people of BAME background, it is quite affluent and uncommon in BAME communities, but this introduction to golf today has been brilliant and I think we will have more participation in the future.

“There’s no pressure to hit the ball, it’s a social experience, so I think we could attract a new group of people to golf.”

These comments were backed up by golf enthusiast Amran Uzzaman. “Everyone has just finished their prayers and yet they are here. The majority have never bought a golf club before, but they are enjoying it, which is exciting to see.

“Golf is such a brilliant game I’m glad they’re here tonight. My two boys played for the junior team at Celtic Manor and are still playing now, once you start playing it’s always with you.

Wales Golf is opening two more special late-night opportunities for Muslims observing Ramadan to maintain their sports connection, with sessions coming on Friday evenings at Parc Golf Club.