The golf society traditionally meets twice a year, at Porters Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire in the Spring and at Temple Golf Club in Berkshire in the autumn. In addition the Company regularly enters a team of four in the Prince Arthur Cup, an inter-livery event held at Walton Heath in May.
The pattern for the spring and autumn meetings is as follows. Members are expected to bring a guest, with whom they will play in the morning singles. They then team up for the afternoon greensomes. That said, the Secretary will make arrangements for those who would rather play 18 holes rather than 36, or for those who come without a guest.
The day starts with coffee and bacon rolls, and we have a snack lunch and dinner (Porters Park) and lunch and tea (Temple).
The new summer meeting will be at West Hill Golf Club and comprises just 18 holes of fourballs followed by lunch.
The standard of play is the usual society mix with most of the members playing with handicaps of between 12 and 28, the majority of members in the 18 - 28 bracket. Whilst the skill of the members could be described as modest the quality of the courses and their catering is without doubt first class. The meetings provide a very relaxed and enjoyable way of entertaining friends and introducing them to fellow Liverymen. For an idea of the atmosphere have a look at our golf gallery.
Membership is open to any Liveryman or Freeman and any one interested should contact the Secretary (Past Master Steve Graham).
The Captain is Freeman Trevor Newey
The Vice captain is Colin Hill
The program for 2014 when I am sure we will experience lush fairways, perfect lies and fast true greens!
The spring meeting will take place at Porters Park on May 1st, the summer meeting will be at Woking on July 9th and the autumn event at Temple on September 17th. Porters and Temple we know well and for those who haven’t played Woking I recommend it. It is the third of the three famous Surrey “W’s” that we have played recently. It is different but every bit as good as Worplesdon and West Hill.
In addition to these events there is the Prince Arthur Cup at Walton Heath on May 15th. This is the main inter livery golf event and I have already applied for a slot. I’m reasonably confident that our performance last year will ensure a space in the event in 2014. There is another inter livery event in aid of charity organized by the Worshipful Company of Marketors. This is spread over two days to accommodate the number of companies that want to play. It is held at Verulam Golf Club, the home club of Samuel Ryder and will take place on 7th and 8th July. Richard, Stone, Trevor Newey, Stephen Shaw and I played last year and enjoyed it very much.
Two other charity days may interest you. The Lord Mayor’s Charity is being supported by a golf day at Hadley Wood on 28th July and the City Livery Club are organizing a charity day for Livery Companies at Burhill on 15th September. The latter was recommended to me by Nigel Curtis and I have already indicated that the Glaziers will try and raise a team.
Reminders for the spring, summer and autumn meetings will be sent out in due course. If you are interested in taking part in any of the other events please let Steve Graham the Secretary know.