Tavistock Golf Club

Golf for the Juniors at Tavistock

Junior Captain: Callum Watkin

Junior Organisers: Marc Ninnis & Mike Watkin

Men’s Captain: Barry Shipton

Lady Captain: Fran Horton

Welcome to Tavistock Golf Club Junior Section. We hope that you will thoroughly enjoy your golf with us. If you require guidance on any point concerning junior golf, please contact the junior organisers who will be pleased to help you get the best from your membership.

Playing the Course

Before playing on the course, you should have had some lessons with the Club Pro or Assistant Pro. There are special junior coaching sessions on Saturday and Sunday morning throughout the year. Please contact the Club Pro for more details.

Under 10s must be accompanied by an adult at all times when on the course, and no junior under 12 should be on the course on their own. Before going out to play, please check the large white notice board outside to ensure that the tee has not been reserved for competitions or matches. Please also respect the Club’s dress code, playing priority and etiquette rules. Please note that you are not allowed to play any holes on the course before entering a competition.

Junior Competitions

There are a variety of competitions arranged during the year (see below) and an up to date fixture list can be found on the Junior Notice Board.

  • H L Smith Trophy Stableford
  • W G Westlake Trophy Medal
  • W G Westlake Trophy Stableford
  • Hawkins Trophy Medal (Boys)
  • Hawkins Vase Medal (Girls)
  • Frank White Trophy 36 hole Medal (Handicaps 28 and below)
  • Easter Challenge Trophy Stableford (Boys) (No Trophy)
  • Easter Challenge Trophy Stableford (Girls) (No Trophy)
  • Putting Competition Boys
  • Putting Competition Girls
  • Shield Foursomes Stableford
  • Junior/Adult Foursomes
  • (Greening/Mackenzie Trophy) Stableford
  • President’s Day Stableford
  • John Gawman Foursomes Summer Matchplay
  • Singles Summer Matchplay
  • Winter Matchplay J. Prout Handicap Medal
  • David Stewart Order of Merit Trophy
  • Tavistock Medal Railway Trophy (Under 12s only)
  • Ron Mills Scratch Champion Matchplay
  • Simon Gilder Trophy Stableford

The above competitions are restricted to juniors with a handicap of 54 or below, however juniors with higher handicaps can play on the same day in their own competition. An entry fee of £2.50 is normally charged with £1 for novices over 9 holes.

Juniors of all standards can play in club friendly competitions against other Clubs and in internal Club matches. The best Club Juniors will play in the West Devon League, Championship Day, The Basil Steer Trophy, The Tamar Cup and the Strashleigh Cup.

Joining in with the junior competitions will help to improve your golf, so please do not think that you are not good enough.

Under 28/36 handicaps are eligible to win Trophies while those between 29/37 and 54 are entered into their own division. Over 54 players play 9 hole competitions.

Note for Parents: All helpers and Junior Organisers have been checked through the Criminal Records Bureau and are clear to work with young children.



We are delighted to report that the Club was awarded this certification in 2010 as recognition from the English Golf Union and Ladies Golf Union that Tavistock Golf Club have an excellent Junior Section.

Adult Competitions

Tavistock Juniors are very fortunate to be allowed to play in most adult competitions once they have successfully obtained a handicap of 28 or less. Juniors with handicaps of 18 or below may play in these competitions with other juniors of their standard. All juniors with handicaps of 19+ must play with an adult.

County and other Club Competitions

Devon County Junior Golf Society also arranges several competitions during the year, we would like to encourage as many of Tavistock’s Junior players as possible to enter these competitions. The County has an Order of Merit table for under 18s, 16s & 14s. The details of County competitions will be displayed on the Junior Notice Board, details for all other club open competitions can be found in the “Open Competitions” folder on the table outside the Secretary’s office.

General Rules

All juniors are expected to conform to the club dress code, details of which are displayed in the Foyer and website. The dress code applies to the Clubhouse and surrounding grounds as well as the course and practice hole, as well as the Pro’s practice ground.

The practice hole and putting green are available for all juniors to use. However, the Pro’s practice ground is to the left of the first fairway and should not be used. If you decide to use the practice hole please remove any balls that accidently stray onto the 18th fairway or green promptly.

Many Tavistock Junior players have earned respect and admiration off their fellow club members through maintaining high standards of behaviour, sportsmanship and their excellent golfing achievements in Club, County and National Comeptitions. We look forward to you maintaining these standards.


Useful Website Addresses


Telephone Numbers:

Secretary’s Office: 01822 612344

Clubhouse: 01822 612049

Pro Shop: 01822 612316

Marc Ninnis 01822 617964


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