An Introduction to Tavistock Golf Club
The Club Structure
1. Details of the structure and running of the Club are contained in the Rules which are enclosed. A list of the current Officers of the Club is on the Captain’s Notice Board.
Club Notice Boards
2. The Club notice boards are located in the entrance hall of the club, outside the secretary’s office. They consist of:
3. On the right hand side of the hall is the Devon County information board, the Catering Board with meal service and club opening information, summer and winter club opening times differ, Captain’s Board, Greens and Handicap Board with information and rules relating to the course and handicaps, the Fixtures Board with details and entry lists for club competitions, and the Social Events Board. On the left hand side of the hall is the Club Knock-Out Competitions Board, the Competition Results Board with Club competition results and handicap changes, a Juniors Board the Club Diary Board, and a letter rack for members,
4. On the hall tables are folders containing a list and contact details of club members, and details of players handicaps. This is to help in arranging matches. There are also folders containing details of Open Competitions being held at other clubs. The Visitor Singing-In folder is also on one of the hallway tables.
5. There is a Club web site at http://www.tavistockgolfclub.co.uk/ which contains a wide range of information on the club including the course, competitions, social events, catering, newsletters etc. If you have an email address it would be very helpful if you would pass this to the Club as it helps our communications. You need to register to gain access to the Members area.
6. The Club runs numerous competitions which are shown on the Competitions and Diary Boards. There are Club Knock-Out events which, when notified on the Competitions Board, one can enter via a booking-in book behind the bar.
7. Lists for those wishing to play in friendly inter-club competitions are posted on the Competitions Board, please feel free to participate.
8. The “Opens” folders on the hall table contain details of competitions, you are asked to enter these yourself rather than asking the secretary to do it for you, although he may be able to offer advice. Entry details should be shown in the notices.
9. To play in Club Knock Out competitions you must have submitted 3 individual competition cards within the preceding 12 months.
10. Players normally book in and pay the entry fee for Club Competitions in the Pro-shop. Returning cards are normally placed in the Secretary’s letter box near the telephone in the lobby. Failure to return a competition card will result in disqualification and may attract a ban from competitions for the following month.
11. If you do not have a formal Council of National Golf Unions (COGNU) handicap you should, preferably within six months, submit 3 cards to the Secretary who will then allocate you a handicap. Any club member, with a handicap, may play with you and mark your card for this purpose. A handicap is required if you wish to enter any competitions at Tavistock or other clubs.
12. If you are transferring from another club, with a handicap, the same handicap will apply at Tavistock. A copy of your existing handicap certificate should be handed to the Secretary.
13. The ladies handicap rules do not allow you to play in a some ladies Knock Out or trophy competitions until you have played in 4 ladies qualifying competitions during the preceding year ended 1st Feb.
The Golf Course
14. At the rear entrance to the Club is a 2 week Course Information Board which shows when formal course bookings have been made. The Board also shows when the course is open or closed, whether electric trolleys are banned, and whether Winter Rules apply. This board is updated by the pro shop. There is also a sign board next to the 1st Medal Tee.
15. The course is partly within Dartmoor National Park and the land is owned by the Town Council, and the Dartmoor Commoners have grazing rights over the area. Walkers have priority and you are asked to respect all such users of the land, frustrating as it might be sometimes.
16. There are a number of groups within the club who organise their own “playing times” however there are also several roll-ups to which new members are welcome to join in.
(a) On Monday, Wednesday and Friday those who wish to play should arrive by 9.15am to be included in the draw for partners.
(b) On Saturday and Sunday (Sat/Suns) there is a roll-up for which you should arrive by 9.15 to be included in the draw. .
(c) On Thursdays, between mid May and mid September, there are Captains Evenings starting at 4.00pm which are designed to provide playing partners and a variety of minor competitions for those who cannot play sufficiently at other times. There is a Booking In book behind the Bar and notification of these evenings will given on the Captains Board.
The Vets (men)
17. This is affiliated to the Devon Veterans Association. To qualify you must be 60 on the day you play, and to join the Tavistock section costs £5pa. There are a large number of competitions throughout Devon and Cornwall each year which are very good value and they are a good way to play other courses at a reduced green fee. This section is well supported and has a very full fixture list of about 36 home and away matches, and club matches against the Ladies, Juniors etc.
18. In the Men’s locker room are two Boards containing details of the Vets section and its competitions. The names and contact details of the Vets Captain and committee are on these boards.
19. There is a weekly roll-up which is held on Friday; you should arrive by 8.30am to be included in the draw for random pairing. If you wish to play in Vets matches then you must attend some roll-ups.
20. There is a Tavistock Ladies section which is organised and run by its own committee. There is a very full fixture list of home and away matches and competitions.
21. There is a Ladies Notice Board outside the Ladies locker room where the name and contact details of the Ladies Captain and committee may be found.
22. There is also a Senior Ladies section (over 60) who generally play on a Thursday morning.
23. Those between the age of 7 and 18 on the 1st January qualify as Juniors. We have several Junior Organisers who cover the various age spans. There are Junior competitions held in Devon and Cornwall in which members may participate.
Finding a Playing Partner
24. Those looking for playing partners should speak to the Club secretary or Captain. For those who already have handicaps there are the roll-ups mentioned previously and we will always be happy to assist those who do not know many club members. All we ask is that you make us aware of you situation and we will do our best to help you.
25 The Club runs several functions throughout the year. A notice advising of the event is placed on the Social Board, one can then book and pay for tickets at the bar. You can use your Bar Swipe Card to pay. Some functions such as Burns Night and New Year’s Eve are very popular so you do need to book early.
26 There are normally monthly Quiz Nights when you just turn up with your six person team and pay £2 to the organisers of the night for prizes.
27 The Club employs a chef and a cook. Normally there are bar snacks available and there are Specials most evenings and weekends except when there are large functions taking place. Check the Catering Board for details. The Club facilities may be booked for private functions however these should not normally preclude playing and social members using the club’s facilities. Sunday lunches are also served.
28 There is a Swipe Card facility in operation in the Club.
29 The PGA Professional is Russell Binney who is located in his shop at the Club. He has a very well equipped shop and is able to undertake all types of repairs. He and his PGS qualified assistant Dominic Rehaag provide tuition to players and potential players of all abilities. Both group and indvidual tuition is provided.
30. Russell has all the latest teaching technology and a GASP Teaching Academy with video analysis of the swing is available. Shop accounts will be run for members.
31. Russell and his shop can be found on our web site.
32.The Dress Code has recently been reviewed and a copy is enclosed. To avoid embarrassment you are asked to comply with it. There is a “Snug Bar” in which a more relaxed dress is permitted.
33.Club members may bring guests into the clubhouse, and are asked to complete the necessary entries in the Signing-In file located on the bar. Green Fees sign in with the Professional.
New Members Evenings
34. These provide a welcome and introduction to the Club. They are intended to be informative and tell you how the Club and golf is run and functions. You will also be able to meet a selection of Committee members and others who may have joined at the same time as yourself. They are run on an ‘as needed’ basis.