The Golfing Society provides the opportunity for golfers of any handicap to play at some outstanding courses. Guests are welcome on all occasions. The meetings are usually arranged to have the serious competition in the morning, followed by an excellent lunch. Suitably refreshed, the arrangement for the afternoon is usually a part-round in a relaxed format. Prize-giving follows at the end of play.
The Society was founded in 1927 in response to a call to enter a team in a newly formed inter-livery competition named ‘The Prince Arthur Cup’. It faltered during the Second World War, but was restarted in 1949, holding its first meeting at Sunningdale. In present day form, the Society meets four times a year as well as entering two pairs in The Prince Arthur Cup. The Society has played at some outstanding courses, including Swinley Forest, St George’s Hill and Tandridge.
There is a spring meeting, where members play for the McAlpine Cup. The summer meeting is at a course of the Captain’s choice, where competition is for the Bridgewater Bowl. At the autumn event, competition is for the Past Master’s Salver. The final event of the year is the winter meeting, where competition is for the Jubilee Trophy. There are separate prizes for the guests. There is also a very popular annual charity golf day.
Informal matches are also arranged between livery companies from time to time. The Society is managed by a committee comprising the Captain, Vice-Captain, the Secretary/Treasurer, and two other members. It reports to the annual general meeting in February and is immediately followed by the annual dinner - which keeps the AGM short!
There is an annual subscription, and golf days and the annual dinner (where guests are also welcome) are subject to a separate charge.
For those unsure about whether to join, please contact the Secretary and arrange to play with a member. You will find that this is a very friendly society, with members enjoying the company and usually the golf!
Liverymen can contact the Golfing Society via the Members’ Area of the website. Others seeking more information on the Golfing Society should contact the Clerk (details below).