A Brief History of Our Club
In 1933 a group of gentlemen with a common interest in golf
decided to form a new Golf Club. They decided upon the name
Hoylake, and this proved to be the founding of this great
club. It was not the first Club to play at the Hoylake
Municipal Golf links however, this distinction goes to Grosvenor
Grange Ladies Golf Club, which was formed by a group of
ladies from The Royal Liverpool Golf Club in 1898. They desired to play
golf unhindered by the social constraints of the times.
Royal Liverpool Golf Club purchased some land and constructed a 9 hole
course for the ladies. Some 30 years later the Parish council,
wanting to increase public amenities bought the course and
converted it into an 18 hole one with the aid of Mr James
Braid. He was one third of the legendary 'Triumvirate' of
the turn of the
century golfers which also included JH Taylor & Harry Vardon.
The course today is largely as he designed it, the only
significant difference being the order in which we play the
The Club is
affiliated to the English Golf Union through the Cheshire Golf
Union, and as such our handicaps are recognized
We enjoy a
close relationship with the course Professional and his
staff who are
always ready to help with your
golfing needs and provide an excellent service.
Competitions are held on a Saturday, all year round and
many of the trophies we play for are reminders of past
stalwarts of the Club. Our Club is well organised with
over 160 members ensuring not only diverse friendships but also a financially secure future.
the Summer months, as well as the weekly
Saturday competitions, we hold regular Tuesday 12 hole
competitions to encourage the social aspect of the club.
Four of these Tuesday competitions are usually 18 hole medals
which will also count for handicapping purposes. There are
also the annual singles and pairs knock out competitions
which are open to all members of the Club.
There is also a Wirral
in which all the Municipal Golf Clubs take part and all
Hoylake members are encouraged to put their names forward
to play for the Club.
organiser of this team will always try to ensure that
every member wishing to play will get at least one game
during the season and the emphasis is more on the social
side of golf. The fixtures are
arranged on a home and away basis, usually played on a
Wednesday evening, with each team playing each other twice
The highlights of our year include Captainís
Day, Presidentís Day, the Club Day Out and the Annual
Dinner (with a competition held on the day).
certain things you must do when playing in a club
competition. Firstly, on the day there
will be a signing in sheet in the locker room. You must sign
this in order to enter the competition and you must also pay
the nominal entry fee, usually £2. It is a rule of the
Club that a green fee must be paid to the Professional,
who will then issue you with a stamped scorecard.
At the end of your round you must check that your marker
has recorded your score and that you agree with his
figures. Any discrepancies should be resolved and you
should also make sure
that both yourself and your marker sign the card.
All cards should be entered
into the computer for handicapping purposes (whether
you have completed the 18 holes or not) and at the end of the day, the computer
calculates the changes to your handicap. The computer will
also calculate the on-going standings for many other Club
competition formats. Once you have entered your
score into the computer you must place your completed and
signed card in the competition box.
Remember it is your responsibility to check
your scores are correct, and that your card is
placed in the box. It is a rule of golf that any card
taken out in competition MUST be returned for handicapping
always a good idea to read the notice boards before going
out to play as there maybe one relevant to the days
competition. The notice board is also the means by which
Club members are kept up to date with any announcements of events.
should always check the handicap sheet on the board to
ensure that you play off the correct one and avoid being
disqualified from the competition!
It is strongly
recommended that you read the notice board or check the
Club website at least once a
The possession of an
EGU handicap is recognised throughout the country and enables you to play in many open competitions
that are held all year round.
If you are joining from
another Golf Club and that Club is CONGU recognised, then
usually Hoylake will accept your handicap as valid. If you are joining
Hoylake as a second Club and wish the administration of your handicap to remain at
your existing Club, then it is your responsibility to report any
scores to your 'Home' Club and also to notify Hoylake of
any change to your playing handicap.
is for the members. It is administered by the
which consists of the
Captain, Immediate Past Captain, Club Secretary, Council
Secretary, Treasurer, Handicap Secretary, Competition
Secretary, Events Secretary, Liaison Secretary,
Communications Secretary and Assistant Handicap and
Competition Secretaries. The President of the club also
attends meetings to pass on invaluable constitutional and
general advice. The Committee (apart from the Captain, the
vice Captain, and the Immediate Past Captain) are elected
by the membership at the
Annual General Meeting, held usually towards the end
of February each year. All members are actively encouraged
to attend, to observe how the Club is operating and to
raise any issues that individual members may have.
It takes a
lot of work to run a successful club the size of Hoylake
and the Committee tirelessly undertakes this work on your
behalf. It meets monthly, and one of its functions is to
consider applications of prospective members. Once the
membership application is approved, the applicant will
be sent a letter confirming this but subject to all monies
being paid on time. The
Committee is elected at the AGM, and if you feel you
want to be a part of it and have something to offer to the
running of the Club, you can stand for election. New ideas
are always welcome.
There is an initial joining fee of £50 (currently
suspended), followed by an annual
subscription. The membership categories are highlighted in
the table below. This fee includes membership of the í98 Club (the
body responsible for administering the private bar
facilities), the fee required by the Cheshire and the
English Golf Unions for associate membership, the tee time
pre-booking fee demanded by the Borough Council, and for
the general running of the Club.
Ordinary Member (between
18 & 60 years, full time employment)
(retired, unwaged or works less than 16hrs per week
paid, not self employed)
Limited Member (non-playing
/ associate members, allowed to play six games per
competition entry fee is also levied whenever you take part in
a Club competition, along with an optional ball sweep.