A flavour of being a member of Chelmsford Golf Club
Activities within the club are always inclusive. There are regular competitions throughout the year, which will enable the keen golfer to win trophies and, of course, reduce their handicaps. In addition to this there are a number of swindles that meet, just about every day in fact, which enable friendly golf and the opportunity to form new friendships.
Our recently introduced new computer system makes competition entry very easy. Members are able to enter from the comfort of their own home – or indeed from just about anywhere as the system supports a wide range of mobile devices. For the truly mobile, details of competitions and any other diary events can also be downloaded into your diary direct from the website. Results can also be viewed and other benefits are also available online including the latest club news, details of any tee closures and even the ability to scrutinize ones bar account!
The website is the first port of call for all the latest information about what is going on at the club, from tee closures to social events and the course status can all be found here.
Being the largest part of the club, the section is very active with all sorts of competitions, swindles and friendly gatherings just about every day of the week. There is a full calendar of qualifying competitions that run throughout the year, covering all the popular singles, pairs and team formats. Competitions are generally well subscribed with the major competitions allowing the winners the right to see their names on Honours Boards on display in the bar area where they will join the names of victors from past years – some from deep into the club’s history. All the activities within the club are inclusive – so any new members are welcome to join any of the regular swindles. The Captain, Board members and the bar staff are all great sources of information and someone will always be able to help you to find a group that plays on the day and time you want.
We also enter the major county team competitions, namely the Thornton Cup, Leslie Wood, and Over 55s, and have had considerable success in these competitions in recent years and across the decades. Indeed, we are currently the holders of the Thornton Cup!
Tuesday is the main competition day for our ladies when most qualifying competitions are played. Throughout the winter months, ladies have the opportunity to join in 9-hole organised friendly competitions. There is also a healthy and growing contingent of business ladies that play their competitions on Saturdays. In addition the ladies have a number of special days: Spring and Autumn Meetings, Guest Day and of course Lady Captains Day.
In a similar fashion to the men, there are groups of ladies that meet informally throughout the week who would always welcome new faces. Golfers of all abilities are encouraged and we have been particularly successful at recruiting those new to the game, with a number of members coming through our Starter Scheme in recent years.
On the County scene, we put teams forward for the Bronze Shield, Silver Trophy, Silver Shield, Harris Bowl, Munro Foursomes and Mail on Sunday and have had consistent success in these competitions over a number of years. At the present time we hold the Silver Shield (which we have managed to win for 9 years of the last 10) and the Silver Trophy. In addition, we enter a team into the London Foursomes where we have also had a degree of success, including bringing the trophy home again in 2014.
The Club runs a number of mixed events, including knock out and one-day competitions. Bank Holiday Monday afternoons are set aside for mixed competitions followed by a relaxed supper. Mixed Breakfast competitions are also a an occasional feature of our fixture and these events are open to all members – not just couples!
We are fortunate to have one of the strongest junior sections in the county that contains a very impressive number of low handicap golfers. All members of Chelmsford Golf Club are extremely proud of our youngsters who have regularly provided the backbone of a number of the Clubs teams in County Competitions.
Our Clive Inskip Bursary, founded in 2003, has raised over £23,000 since its inception to fund tuition for our juniors and has been a significant factor in the achievements of individuals and the junior team.
Individually, Club juniors have won a number of county honours during the past few years. A number of our boys and girls have represented the club at both County and National levels and we have also been lucky enough to see Lloyd Kennedy, Jack Hiluta, Andrew Pestell, Lucy Clarke, Jack Clarke and others go on to make their way in the professional ranks.
The Junior Section has grown over the last few years, with our Professionals Mark and Andy working closely with them to improve their development as golfers and ultimately their social presence both on and off the course.
Members can join the Seniors Section from the age of 55 and it is one of the most active in the Club. While there is no formality to the section – there are no regular competitions run purely for seniors – the members of the section form the backbone of a number of the swindles at the club, especially those that meet and play midweek.
They involve themselves actively in competitive team golf against other clubs throughout Essex and use a reciprocal arrangement to make playing at other clubs not just enjoyable, but also affordable.
There are a number of well-attended events at the club throught the calendar year. Ranging from themed dining evenings to informal summer barbecues and black tie events like the Annual Dinner Dance. events are usually well publicised on the website and around the bar area. members are welcome to bring guests and tickets for events are always on a first-come first-served basis. In addition the bar and kitchen are open every day for pre or post golfingmeals and drinks and our Sunday lunches are always very popular.