Do you enjoy playing the occasional round of golf? Would you like to join up with a small group of like-minded colleagues who meet up eight or so times each year to play at a number of golf clubs in and around the Greater Manchester area (or sometimes slightly further afield) at venues where you can be assured of well-maintained courses and high class facilities? If so The University of Manchester Staff Golfing Society (UMSGS) might be of interest to you.
A joint venture between Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester University, the Society has been in existence for many years (first recorded in 1937). Membership is open to all staff, including retired staff and postgraduates, from both Universities.
The Society currently numbers around thirty five members. Each match in our fixture list is a very congenial affair with the format usually in 2 or 3 balls playing an afternoon 18-hole Stableford competition – for which prizes are awarded for the winner and runner(s) up.
We have seven full handicap Stableford competition meetings each season, playing for handsome silver trophies in three of them, and the Captain’s and President’s Cups in another two. Two of the Society trophies – the Clare Lees and Needham Cups – were presented by our first two Presidents; the Tom Ashley Cup was provided by the membership. The winner of each competition becomes the holder of the trophy, of which they assume custodianship, until the following year’s competition. Prizes are normally presented at the dinner which typically follows each competition fixture. Attendance at the dinner is encouraged, but is certainly not obligatory.
At some of the fixtures it is also possible to partake of a 9-hole ‘warm-up’ in the morning too if you are so inclined. Typically the cost of each fixture will range from £22 to £50 or so depending upon how many of the day’s golf and dining elements you wish to include.
There is also an annual, free to enter, singles match play knock-out competition for those wishing to participate. The winner of this receives the Jackson Rosen Cup, a magnificent trophy which was presented by two of our senior members. All the knock-out matches are played on members’ own choice of courses, to suit those involved, apart from the final, which is played at a neutral venue.
Society membership capability ranges over a very broad range of golfing ability from a few low-ish handicappers to (a majority of) higher handicappers, some relative novices and a few casual social golfers. There is also no pre-requisite of either having an existing handicap or membership of a golf club – the Society will allocate an appropriate handicap, if not immediately, after two or three round have been completed.
For a very modest annual membership fee of £15 per year you can enjoy all these benefits. This annual fee contributes towards the annual competition prize fund. Additionally there are individual charges for each fixture and these vary due to the cost of green fees, meals taken, etc. In fact, you do not even have to join initially since you can play as a member’s visitor at any match (for a fee of £4 plus the fixture fee). So if you would like to try us out before committing to membership, please let me know and come along to any of this season’s fixtures (listed below) as a visitor. If you subsequently decide to join your £4 visitor fee will be credited towards your annual subscription anyway.
Our fixtures for the 2017 season are as follows:
2017 season Society meetings
Fairfield Golf Club – Tuesday 25th April
Lymm Golf Club – Tuesday 16th May
Chorlton-cum-Hardy Golf Club – Thursday15th June
Stamford Golf Club – Thursday 13th July
Frodsham Golf Club – Wednesday 9th August
Heaton Moor Golf Club – Thursday 14th September
Pike Fold Golf Club – Tuesday 10th October.
As a UMSGS member you will also have access to the fixtures of the Salford University Staff Golfing Society which also meets throughout the year.
If you think that you might be interested in joining us, or would just like to discuss the possibilities, please drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or have a look at our web site at: www.staffnet.manchester.ac.uk/services/societiesandclubs/golf.
Alternatively you can contact our Membership Secretary, Tony Mellor at: email@example.com.
With best regards,
Emeritus Professor Barry Plumb
Honorary Secretary and Treasurer of the
University of Manchester Staff Golfing Society