Hoylake Golf Club

Carr Lane

Hoylake

Wirral CH47 4BA

     

                                                                                              

 

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. 

The 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 holes. 

The Club is affiliated to the English Golf Union through the Cheshire Golf Union, and as such our handicaps are recognized worldwide.

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

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.

During 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 League 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.    

The 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 a season. 

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). 

 

Competition Procedures

There are 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 purposes.

It is 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.

You 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 week. 

 

Handicaps

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.

 

Club Council

The Club is for the members. It is administered by the Club Council, which consists of the Captain, Vice 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.

Subscriptions

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.

Membership Category

Amount

Ordinary Member (between 18 & 60 years, full time employment)

£70.00

Concessionary Member (retired, unwaged or works less than 16hrs per week paid, not self employed)

£55.00

Limited Member (non-playing / associate members, allowed to play six games per year)

£40.00

A small competition entry fee is also levied whenever you take part in a Club competition, along with an optional ball sweep. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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