Walton Hall Golf Club – Welcome from Lady Captain

Lady Captain WHGC, Jill Hopwood

Lady Captain WHGC, Jill Hopwood

As a Ladies Section we have been established for almost 30 years and today we have 24 members with handicaps ranging from single figures to 36, with those ladies relatively new to golf working towards achieving their official handicaps.

To encourage these ladies we have, from March 2016, introduced a ‘Club Handicap’, ranging from 37 to 54, in line with CONGU’s recommendations. It is hoped new handicap initiative will encourage more ladies to join us at Walton Hall Golf Club (WHGC).

We play our competitions on a Saturday morning starting at 9.00am (see Fixture List), using as many tees as there are ladies wanting to play. This varies on average between 12 and 16 depending on the time of year. From the first Saturday in November we enjoy a slightly later start with the first tee commencing at 10.00am. This continues until the clocks go forward in March.

The friendly atmosphere of the Club is reflected in the relaxed way in which the Ladies’ Committee run the Section. Although there are obviously certain rules that have to be followed we acknowledge that these should be kept to a minimum. In this we have the co-operation of all our members in recognising that the rules we do have, should be applied. For example, the method we have adopted of booking tee times, where by our Competition Secretary contacts all members by e-mail, informing them of the competition format on the Saturday and whether it is handicap order or it is a drawn competition. Ladies then reply if they wish to play and the Competition Secretary books the appropriate number of tees. Once booked, all ladies are expected to turn up to play.

The membership year starts on 1 April and price varies depending on your age and whether you are also a member of another Club. In addition a reduced fee is applicable if you join part way through the year (see Membership Fees).

We are privileged to have one of the finest municipal courses in the country. We have a tremendous amount to offer in our challenging and beautiful course to both seasoned golfers and ladies new to the game wishing to develop their skills. I am sure you would find a great deal of enjoyment could be gained by becoming a member of our Club.

Ladies considering becoming a member of WHGC are welcome to join us (by previous arrangement) on any Saturday for either a game and/or to chat with members and me to find out more about what we can offer. My contact details are 07787 523127.

Jill Hopwood
Lady Captain