Rugby Golf Club welcomed nearly 60 children and their parents to the annual Christmas party on Sunday December 3rd. The event in its fifth year was the best supported yet.

Entertainment was provided by Mr Oddsocks, with the children enjoying Christmas crackers, party food and soft drinks. The culmination was the arrival of Father Christmas on his suitably festooned sleigh, with bell, flashing lights and tinsel. Each child received a festive card and present. As Santa arrived and departed a series of sky rockets were set off.

The wonderful atmosphere of the event was a tribute to the club’s values in working with juniors. The club continues to believe in creating opportunities for children of all ages to “get into golf “and recently announced free membership to children who have parents or grandparents that are already members. There are further incentives available for any children without the benefit of a family member at the club. Parents interested in their children joining the club should contact Hazel Oag, membership director on 01788 542306. An open day will soon be announced but in the meantime the club is offering adult ‘winter warmer’ memberships, (up to 31st March) for just £200, again, please call Hazel as there is a further incentive to join. Please quote ‘RA winter warmer.’

A spokesperson for the club thanked all those willing helpers, staff and organisers for their dedication and commitment to making the event another brilliant success.



One week earlier, the ladies of Rugby held their Annual Presentation Evening – gathering together to celebrate the achievements of the members of the RGC ladies section during the past year. The photo features this year’s winners of the many and various competitive events held each year. The winner of the most prestigious competition of the season, the 36-hole Championship event, was Abi Mortimer-Lane, who also won the Handicap Cup. Other awards went to individuals such as Sue Jones who, over the season achieved a magnificent number of birdies – and to Linda Long who excelled in the number of pars that she scored.

Also receiving recognition were individuals like Pam Bond who won the Vets’ Cup and Robyn Crighton who won the Grannies’ Shield. Team performers Sue Jones and Deb Harrad clearly demonstrated as well that golf doesn’t have to be an individual sport. However, as the Ladies’ Captain Anne Hawkins was keen to point out, the achievements of all of the members of the RGC Ladies’ Section are not confined to those receiving awards on this particular evening of the year. Ladies of the RGC Section, players or non-players, achieve in so many and varied ways – they are all ‘winners’.

In golf terms, any player will tell you that a drive into a particularly nasty bunker, with no obvious alternative route out but a full-on attack on the ball (apparently an impossible shot) but one which ends up ‘in the hole’ and a birdie, is what keeps a golfer playing. Was it luck or skill? Who knows? – but it was still a significantly memorable achievement!

On a final note the ladies section is always looking for ladies to join the section and a warm welcome will be given to anyone who joins. As an incentive, join in January 2018 and receive a welcome gift of 3 months free golf. (T&C’s apply). Call Hazel Oag on 01788 542306.




Gaudet Luce Golf Club

Gaudet Luce – Major host

This is a modern golf and leisure complex that doesn’t like to sit still and the steady growth in popularity of the club since its opening in 1995 has enabled the family ownership to put investment back into the course and facilities.

125 years – South Staffs GC

The South Staffordshire Club is always a special visit. Nestled in the leafy suburbs of Wolverhampton, a traditional members club with a much admired parkland course that never fails to impress. Messrs Vardon, Colt, Braid and more recently Donald Steel have all played their parts in creating a layout that charms, teases and yields a low score very reluctantly.