New Members Introduction and information
Welcome to Birchwood Seniors, This note is to give you an overview of the Seniors section and an indication of what is where and what you can expect.
are members of the main club and subject to the Constitution and rules of the
club. As a section however, we operate on an autonomous basis having our own Committee.
We also have our own Operational document and Competitions document which
governs the way we play and our handicap adjustments. Copies of these are
readily available on our website, and Members are encouraged to familiarize
themselves with the contents. Also there is a list of Members and contact
details to which your name and details will be added, this is updated
We are self-financing and cover the costs of our internal competitions, also providing a meaningful subsidy to the external matches we play. Our AGM is held in February.
All our competitions require you to have a current handicap. If you have a handicap from a previous club we would like you to provide us with a handicap certificate. You will need to play in three official competitions before you can win. If you don’t have a handicap you can play with a Member or, in a Monday competition to complete three cards to get your handicap and then play three qualifying competitions.
We have a Hole in One fund, membership of which is included in your joining fee. This pays out if you get a Hole in One in any official Seniors competition.
Our notice board, which carries all the Seniors competition information including entry forms is located opposite the changing room in the lobby. The Seniors have a competition every Monday played to R&A rules mostly from the yellow tees. On Bank Holidays there may be a swindle. These include:-
The Masters tournament which consists of alternative Medal and Stableford matches, 8 in all, these are played from the white tees.
The Challenge Cup, a one day medal competition.
In April we commence our Pairs and Singles tournaments (Match play)
In October we start our match play Winter Greensomes.
These competitions do have playing requirements, basically to hand in four competition cards in three months.
On some Mondays “fun” competitions are played such as a Texas Scramble.
The fee for all Monday competitions is £4 and the four balls are randomly drawn.
“Swindle” competitions are played every Wednesday and Friday, organized by members instead of the Competitions Committee.
We play a
variety of external competitions against other clubs:-
Friendly matches with local clubs on a Home and Away basis open to all Members. These matches are organised by our Senior Captain.
The Invicta League is a prestigious competition for the over 60’s, organised by the Invicta Captain.
The Super 70’s competition is for Members aged 70 plus and also has its own Captain.
We also compete in the Mitchell Thompson tournament which is a national competition, with the team Captain appointed by our Seniors Captain.
The Kent Vets KO competition, which is a knock out competition for Kent based clubs.
The Seniors hold two club functions every year. The Captain’s away day, is played at a course chosen by the current years Captain, usually in July. This is a subsidised competition, open to all Members, when we can enjoy courses we would not normally play.
The Christmas Lunch is a competition and lunch held at the club in early December, which also includes our annual prize giving.
Birchwood Golf Club Website address is http://birchwoodgolf.net/and use the drop down Seniors menu. You will find a lot of Seniors information as well as tee times, fixture lists and results.