Welcome to Saltford Golf Club Ladies Section
Jane Russett - Lady Captain 2017/18
I am very honoured to find myself in the position of being Lady Captain of Saltford Golf Club.
I was born and educated in Bath, worked as a Norland Nurse, am married to Bob (who is now my PA!!) and live in Frenchay Village, Bristol.
I started playing golf for over 30 years ago at Tracy Park before joining Saltford in 1995.
Well, I am almost halfway through my captaincy, and it has been a very rewarding and interesting few months.
The weather has been very unkind, with many competitions postponed, hopefully we can now start to get out and enjoy our beautiful course.
Our Charity Coffee Morning in March was a huge success, thanks to the dedicated work of all the helpers, the generosity of local businesses and all who participated. Two dementia charities were delighted to share just over £3000.
We warmly welcome our new lady members, and hope that they will enjoy Saltford and all it has to offer.
Happy Golfing !
Our Ladies are an active, vibrant and integral section of SGC with around 80 playing members across a broad handicap and age range. Our aim is to organise a variety of competitions to appeal to golfers of all abilities. Some are team games with a fun element but there are also plenty of individual qualifying Medal, Stableford & Trophy competitions for handicap purposes.
The Ladies Section has priority tee times on a Wednesday from 10.00 until 13.30 but we also run weekend Medals plus Alternate Days for certain competitions. There are a number of club Mixed competitions usually on Sundays or Bank Holidays throughout the playing season as well as Mixed Friendlies against other clubs.
Saltford Golf Club also organise a Ladies Open and two Mixed Opens which are very popular and fill up quickly. Click here for more information
Two League teams play in the Bristol & District Alliance. Our A and B team each play six away and six home fixtures providing a fantastic opportunity for competitive golf against other clubs in the area. Players for these matches are selected in handicap order and matches are played off scratch.
For ladies who prefer more sociable though still competitive golf there are around 10 friendly matches per year against other local clubs. This is a great way for newer golfers to learn from more experienced ladies playing in a Greensomes format.
All ladies are automatically members of the Somerset Ladies County Golf Association so may play in County events subject to competition conditions.
Beginners can start by taking lessons with our PGA Professional Darren Read who will soon have you hooked on this addictive pastime. Everyone can play golf as the handicap system allows for different ability levels enabling you to play with and against better golfers. So, come and join us to benefit from our beautiful course with its stunning views, a lovely refurbished club house and lots of social events where you can meet new friends
Please click here to contact our Ladies Secretary for any further information
Ladies' Committee Members
- Ladies' Chairman:
- Ladies' Captain:
- Ladies' Captain Elect:
- Handicap Secretary:
Welcome to the Seniors Section of the Saltford Golf Club website.
We have a very active and vibrant Seniors Section; the Section welcomes all male golfers at Saltford who automatically become Seniors on their 55th birthday. ‘Active’ Seniors number approximately 80 out of a total of 250 Seniors in the Club.
Seniors have ‘priority’ on Tuesday mornings. Each Tuesday morning the Seniors Section has a ‘Roll Up’ at 10:00. All Seniors are welcome to participate in this and it is also a good way of meeting more mature golfers at the club. Additionally, an informal roll up takes place on Thursdays.
The Section organises a number of handicap qualifying competitions including the Saltford Seniors Open during the year. We also organise several Bowmakers and better ball competitions and a 3 club and putter competition.
The Seniors play 4 ball better ball in matches against other clubs in the area during the season. The section operates a system where members volunteer on a match by match basis to captain each match. A fixture list is posted on the seniors’ board in the men’s changing rooms. Please contact Geoff Brooks, the Seniors Matches Secretary, if you are interested in participation in any of these matches or even captaining one!
If you require any other information regarding the Seniors Section please contact any member of the Seniors Committee, who will be only too pleased to help. Committee members’ details are posted on the notice board in the men’s changing rooms.
Seniors Section 2018
Saltford Golf Club runs a large, enthusiastic and very successful junior section under the leadership of David Phillips, Bob Perkins, Tim Parker, Dave Owen and Rachel John, all of whom have the latest CRB (now DBS) certification.
“Over the past couple of weeks we have been visiting local primary schools, introducing them to TriGolf and making them aware that golf is a fun and social game for young people, both boys and girls.
If this may be of interest, our junior club nights are held on alternate Sundays starting on Sunday 25th March at 3.45 through to October. Do not worry if you cannot come to the first one as we are aware that it is during the Easter Holidays. Each club night is a "stand alone" event.
We have a comprehensive Child Protection Policy and are an extremely “junior friendly” club where we fully support all our juniors and their wellbeing is paramount.
Junior members have a full diary of events each season but our juniors are free to pick and choose which ones they want to play. These events include fortnightly club nights (Sunday evenings) through the main playing season, competitions both at Saltford and away on other courses, league matches against other clubs (home and away) and a golf tour each year in the summer.
Under the guidance of our teaching professionals, junior coaching is taken very seriously at Saltford and this takes place on many levels from club night coaching for the absolute beginner (where clubs etc. are available to loan) to coaching by the county for the better players. Whatever the ability level of the junior, there is a suitable coaching scheme at Saltford.
Over the last few years we have further enhanced the facilities for juniors at Saltford by introducing a set of forward (black) tees on the main course enabling juniors progressing from the academy course on to the main course to play all the holes but without the daunting carries from the normal tees to the fairways. This has proved an invaluable “stepping stone” between the academy course and the full course.
With junior membership fees starting at well under £1 per week and pre-used half sets of clubs (adequate for the new starter) being available at very reasonable prices, golf is not an expensive game to take up and we would encourage you to give golf a try. If you would like to find out more, please contact David Phillips on 0117 9475156.
There are three categories of junior membership:
- Academy course membership - the academy course consists of 4 simple short holes at the end of the practice area and is predominately, but not exclusively, for younger juniors who are new to the game. When juniors can go round the course twice (i.e. 8 holes) in 32 strokes and are able to pass a very brief assessment by one of our coaching team they then progress to the “black tees”.
- Black tee course membership - Each hole on the main course has a black tee, situated some distance in front of the main tees. This gives juniors the chance to play each hole on the course without the long carries from the tee, which can be daunting for smaller, younger juniors. Each junior is allocated an unofficial handicap of 72 (4 per hole) as soon as they progress to the black tees and, through the numerous competitions run on the black tees, can reduce their handicap to 30 at which point they will progress to the yellow tees.
- Yellow tee course membership - This is the full course which everyone plays.
For youngsters thinking of taking up golf, group lessons are run by the assistant professional throughout the playing season (for further information telephone 01225 873513 (option 5)) and “club nights” are run every alternate Sunday evening between March and October to which all juniors, members and non-members, are very welcome.
Juniors at club nights receive a lesson from the assistant professional, prizes for the competitions that are contested and some food in the bar afterwards. If you are interested in joining the club, or just want to come along and see what it is all about, please ring David Phillips on 0117 9475156 for more information.
Once a junior has successfully moved to the yellow tees, there are numerous competitions to play in, both at Saltford and at other courses, junior league matches vs. other clubs in the area (home and away) and a week-long tour every alternate year which is always very popular.
We have a comprehensive Child Protection Policy in place and were the first club in Somerset to be awarded the “Golfmark” award in 2007 and have just been re-assessed at the "high achievers" level. Our overriding policy is to keep our junior members safe from harm, to try and ensure that they all reach their full potential, and to ensure that no junior is excluded for any reason.
Junior Club Nights
Junior club nights are on alternate Sundays and in 2018 will take place on March 25th, April 8th, 22nd, May 6th & 20th, June 3rd & 17th, July 1st, 15th & 29th, August 12th & 26th, September 9th & 23rd, October 7th & 21st.
Club night costs £5 per child and that includes, a lesson / coaching, prizes and some food in the clubhouse afterwards. They start at 3.45 and everyone (members and non-members) is very welcome. Clubs are available to loan for the evening if required.
Please feel free to come along with your child and see firsthand what Junior Club night at Saltford Golf Club has to offer and meet other parents for some refreshments in the clubhouse after the coaching.
Saltford Golf Club fields two teams in the Bristol & District Golf League 1st team are in Division 4 and the 2nd team are in division 6.
The format is foursomes scratch league against local courses. www.thebdgl.org.uk
The Team Captains for 2018 are:
First team Captain Harvey Brooks + Second team Noel Galdies.
The Club's policy is that each team should be as strong as possible for every match (within the rules of the BDGL) except that Juniors and new and improving members will be given a chance to demonstrate their ability and gain experience. The primary criterion for selection for each team will be active handicap.
The Saltford Stragglers is a team which offers members the opportunity for friendly matchplay games against other clubs.
Our games are played on weekdays throughout the summer on a friendly basis using the four-ball better-ball format.
Home matches are generally played on Wednesday afternoons starting approx 3.30 p.m. followed by an informal two course meal (dress code smart casual).
Players only have to pay for the meal so it means that you get to play on different courses a lot cheaper than if you had to play a green fee.
If you are interested in playing please click here to contact the Stragglers captain Dennis Payter or call 0777 9307303 or 0117 9831391