The Ladies’ Section is an important and integral part of West Byfleet Golf Club with currently around 100 lady members, contributing both to overall participation in competitions and the many social events held at the club.
For 2017 the Captain and Ladies’ Captain decided to combine fundraising efforts for Woking and Sam Beare Hospices rather than have a different charity each. Since the Woking Hospice first opened its doors in 1996, it has supported thousands of local patients and their familes through some of the most difficult times of their lives. It has now outgrown the premises and has moved to a brand new building in Goldsworth Park which is purpose built with state of the art equipment. Much fundraising is needed to equip it and it is hoped that our fundraising efforts will be sufficiently successful to equip two of the bedrooms. For this we need to raise £25,000.
Our recent activities include:
On 19 October the ladies dressed up as bears and brought in their treasured teddy bears for a ’Teddybears’ Picnic’ event. The event was organised as one of the last efforts for this year’s charity: Woking and Sam Beare Hospices. The dining room had a teddybear theme with short quizzes, Winnie the Pooh sayings and all prizes to be won had bear themes such as marmalade and honey. The Catering Department excelled in producing a wonderful ‘picnic’ and a fun time was had by all.
Our Ladies Vice Captain, Clare Rooth, worked her magic again on 7 November organising the 2nd Charity Bridge Drive of the year. Eighty players enjoyed an afternoon of bridge and the ladies of West Byfleet Golf Club baked and made a tremendous afternoon tea served efficiently during the break. An impressive table full of raffle prizes was donated by players and guests alike and the afternoon made a total of £930 for charity.
Kath O’Connor, a popular lady member and a +2 player, had a major achievement on Championship day in early June by playing a net 66 on the course, on a sweltering day. It caused such a stir that articles were written about it in the local press and a golfing magazine. Her achievement might encourage many young ladies to take up golf by making use of our excellent and friendly Golf Academy which the club runs each year.
Charity Day was a very enjoyable and hugely successful event. The Ladies’ Section did exceptionally well under the guidance of our Ladies Vice Captain, Clare Cull in making a profit in excess of £3,600 by running several stalls in the Spike Bar. Several raffles were run, one of which was for 2 patchwork quilts made by local quilting groups in memory of one of our ladies, Joy Baker.
Of course, all profits made on the day from player entries to auction in the evening and a number of other on-course activities and competitions was added to the charity account which is looking very healthy indeed for our worthy cause this year: Woking and Same Beare Hospices.
Unfortunately, the Exchange day in June at Hindhead was rained off but, in August, the ladies had a wonderful day at Farnham where they all received a very warm welcome whilst Farnham ladies that day were entertained to golf and lunch at West Byfleet Golf club.
If you have never been to West Byfleet Golf Club before, come and visit us some time. Ring the office or pop into our excellent proshop.
We have an excellent programme of competitive and fun competitions for all our members, from experienced players to those completely new to golf, and everyone has the opportunity to join in to play and have a good time. Thursdays and Saturday or Sunday mornings are when the ladies section run competitions and fun events and there is also a roll-up which meets on a Tuesday morning.
Our Ladies’ Captain heads up the Ladies’ Committee who meet once a month to plan the smooth running of all ladies' events, be they golf or social meetings. The Committee works closely with the Office Admin team to organise all friendly and competitive matches and has a voice on the club Main Committee to ensure that the views of the Ladies Section are fully represented.
For more information from the Ladies Section, please click HERE.
As a club within Surrey we are affiliated to Surrey Ladies County Golf Association and as such are eligible to play in the following competitions:
The Hicks Trophy & Hicks Plate - A scratch singles match play with a team of five playing Surrey clubs, both home and away. Normally players of handicaps between 1–12. First round losers qualify for the Hicks Plate. West Byfleet has won the Hicks Plate in recent years.
Pearson Trophy – A handicap competition for players with handicaps of 13 – 32. A drawn competition of 4/5 other Surrey clubs who play both home and away. The winners of each group play against each other. The overall winner then represents Surrey against other counties.
Centenary Bowl & Centenary Plate - An interclub scratch singles , match play with five players playing both home and away, open to players with a handicap of 10 and over. West Byfleet has been a winner of the Centenary Plate in recent years.
Derry Cup & Helme Shield - A team of three players with low handicaps play other Surrey Clubs, both home and away, in an interclub scratch singles match play.
Alongside these are a number of very popular “friendly” ladies and mixed matches played home and away against other clubs. Over the years these matches have led to many strong friendships being formed.
Bridge -For those keen to play cards there is a well organised regular Bridge Club where members and friends can join in organised events, or meet anytime to play, chat and have afternoon tea.
A truly warm, friendly welcome always awaits visitors and guests and you are sure to enjoy the challenges of our beautifully maintained golf course.
We also welcome new golfers who are moving into the area or who just wish to change golf clubs!
The details of our joining fees, five and seven day memberships, as well as application forms, are available on the “ How to join ” page.