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RAF Golfing Society

FREE FIRST YEAR'S MEMBERSHIP FOR SERVING GOLFERS

As an initiative to boost the number of Golfing Society members who are still serving in the Air Force, a FREE FIRST YEAR'S MEMBERSHIP is now available to all serving golfers. As well as this clearly financial advantageous reason for considering joining, there are many others:

  • The RAF Golfing Society has one of the best fixture lists you will see for any Society and, as a Member you are eligible to play at discounted rates, in any of these, quite often, prestigious events. Have a look at the linked fixture list. Everybody can play in our own meetings and competitions, and the team selectors for the matches generally would love to include more serving golfers in their teams!
  • A development since 2015 is the recognition of a number of RAFGS fixtures as holding Duty Status (the Spring, Summer, Championship and Autumn Meetings as well as the matches against the RAF @ Frilford Heath, the RNGS @ W Sussex and the Army Officers GS @ Walton Heath). Being on Duty clearly means that you would be able to play in these events without having to take leave.
  • In particular, if you are approaching the end of your RAF career and have taken advantage of some of the great opportunities within the Service to play golf, you may want to continue this RAF golfing connection into your retirement or second career.

For those of you not too familiar with the RAFGS, please read on... The bottom line is that the GS provides excellent access to excellent golfing competition with excellent RAF friends at excellent value....

Applications for membership or more information should be made to Roger Carr at: roger.carr1@btinternet.com

RAFGS INTRODUCTION

The RAF Golf Association (RAFGA) provides 2 main functions: firstly, it governs the conduct of organised golf within the RAF and secondly it provides, through its Membership Scheme, personal insurance and other benefits. A completely independent organisation is the RAF Golfing Society (RAFGS) which operates as a traditional golf society, providing a very healthy fixture list of events for members to participate in. The history of the RAFGS makes interesting reading....

Formed in 1921, the RAFGS has 435 Full Members and 25 Affiliated Members. Full Membership, at an annual subscription of £20, is open to serving and former Members of the RAF, WRAF and WAAF who have a bona fide handicap. There is no distinction between serving and retired Members and rank makes no difference. Full Members' near relatives, such as wives, husbands, children and parents, are eligible to become Affiliated Members at an annual subscription of £5. There is no joining fee and new members are always welcome. The Society is run by a committee of 9, elected at the AGM. The RAFGS has a fixture list which is the envy of many societies. The annual programme consists of 6 Meetings, 1 Tour, 3 Competitions and 18 Matches. Many, but not all events are located within 70 miles of London. All the courses have excellent reputations and the Society has enjoyed a long association with many of the golf clubs. Consequently, each day’s golf represents outstanding value for money.

The Meetings all include 2 rounds of golf competing for splendid trophies engraved with names such as Douglas Bader and Henry Cotton; the costs range from approximately £52-£70 per day. The morning round is either 18 Holes Medal or Stableford with Foursomes or Greensomes after lunch. Current locations include: Rutland, Notts, Berks, Oxon, Yorks and Hants.

Images_Tornado over Moray The Scottish Tour consists of 72 holes of Stableford played over 4 consecutive days on different courses alongside the Moray Firth. Optional Greensomes/Foursomes are played in the afternoon.

The Society is usually invited to enter 2 competitions for Category 1 golfers – the Brent Knoll Bowl at Burnham & Berrow, and the Graham Butler Scratch Foursomes at Ferndown. These attract some of the best golfers in Southern England and our teams are normally selected from serving members. The Society also enters a team in The Lord Deramore Battle of Britain Trophy, played in alternate years at Fulford and Easingwold.

The matches are against a range of golf clubs and societies. Events are coordinated by Match Organisers who select the team and liaise with the opposition. In the club matches, our members do not pay green fees but instead pay £15 to the RAFGS to help offset the cost of the matches against societies. The usual format is 2 rounds of Betterball or Foursomes with either lunch or dinner, though some matches are played over just one round. Team sizes vary from 8-14. We play at the following clubs: West Hill, Henley, Sonning, Hunstanton, Royal Cinque Ports, Worplesdon, North Hants, Rye, Huntercombe and Moor Park. We also play matches against: the RAF team at Woodhall Spa; the AERO GS at West Byfleet; the Army Officers GS at Walton Heath; the RAF Halton Apprentices GS at Frilford Heath; the RNGS at West Sussex; the Senior GS at Woking, and the RAF Medical GS at Gerrards Cross.

Personal Liability Insurance

Members are advised that they must ensure that they have their own golf insurance. The RAFGS will not stand behind or underwrite any claim made against them as a result of something they do while participating in a Meeting or match organised by the RAFGS. Membership of the RAF Golf Association's Membership Scheme is open to all serving and retired personnel and their family members, and all members of RAF Golf Societies. For just £10 per year, membership provides World-wide Personal Liability insurance of up to £5,000,000 while participating at golf, plus a £100 benefit for a certified Hole-in-One in any recognised competition and a twice yearly magazine. Joining the RAFGA's Membership Scheme is an easy process - just complete the Application Form and Standing Order in this link: RAFGA membership and send to the Membership Secretary at rafgams@btinternet.com

Fixture List & Past Champions

Contacting the RAFGS

The Hon Sec of the RAFGS is Gp Capt (retd) Roger Carr, to whom general enquiries and applications for membership should be made: roger.carr1@btinternet.com

Ordering RAFGS Ties and Knitwear

A selection of excellent quality and value-for-money ties and knitwear, emblazoned with the RAFGS logo, are available at very reasonable prices. See details and the UPDATED order form

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