Bristol & Clifton Golf Club

Club Sections

Welcome to the Mens Section

While there is strictly no separate Mens’ Section, as all members of the club are equal members, there are a number of events which are restricted to male members. We have approximately 400 men members with those over 60 being eligible to join the Seniors’ Section, but they are still able to enter all the competitions. While we have over 50 Category 1 players (handicaps of 5 or less) there is a wide range of ability in the club, and all will find members of similar proficiency to play with.

Mens Competitons

The principal competitions are;

Monthly Medals, played (usually) on the first Saturday in the months between April and October
Monthly Stableford competitions, also played on the first Saturday of the month, in the winter months.

Both these are qualifying competitions for handicap purposes, and there is a booking system for tee times, accessed through the club website members section (or through the pro’s shop). On such Saturdays, all starts are from the first tee all day.

In addition, there are Midweek Medals played during the months of April to October on two Wednesdays in the month, and, on most winter Saturdays there is a Pro’s Shop Stableford, which is not a qualifying competition.

There are five men only knock-out competitions

The Fry Cup – Summer fourball better ball competition
The Cartwright Cup - Summer singles competition
The New Zealand Trophy – summer four-ball competition, partners drawn on a high/low basis
The Broke Cup – winter singles competition
The Kinnersley Cup – winter foursomes competition

There are modest entry fees, which should be paid in the Pro’s Shop

In addition, there are a number of singles competitions (Gross, Stableford, or Bogey) throughout the summer played on either a Saturday or a Sunday, Many of these qualify for handicap purposes. And in June we have the Club Championship, both Gross and Nett, played over two rounds; on the Saturday all play, and on the Sunday the best 60 play a second round.

There is at least one Men’s Invitation Day, to which you can invite a guest for a modest price.

There are a number of mixed competitions:

The Epstein Cup for which qualification takes place on one of the first Mixed Supper Sundays. The best 8 pairs advance to a knockout competition.
The Claret Jug, a winter foursomes competition with partners of your choice. There is an initial series of matches within boxes of 5 or 6 couples, followed by a knockout stage for the winners.
The Arthur Young Memorial Trophy , a summer mixed foursomes knockout competition, with partners being drawn.

And on one Sunday a month during the Summer, there is a mixed foursome event, in various formats, followed by a supper. People may choose their partners, and should play with a different one each time. These are very popular, with up to 40 couples taking part.

Team golf

The club fields two teams in the Gloucestershire league, the first team organised by Tony Mann, the second team by Derek Kilgannon. Low handicap players are welcome to advise their availability to the organisers.
In addition, for the more average golfer, we have a Divots team, who play some 20 matches a year against local clubs, and organiser Tom Counsell would be pleased to hear from prospective players.

New members

The 9 hole roll-ups with supper on a Wednesday or Thursday evening in the summer are specifically designed with a view to integrating new members, who are welcome to turn up, and play with more established members.
New members are advised to enter as many of the Medals, Stablefords and other competitions as they can, as this will give them a chance to meet other members.
There are certain times when roll ups take place, and any member who turns up will be guaranteed a game. These take place at 8.00 on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday (you would need to turn up a few minutes beforehand, and identify yourself as requiring a game).

The Course

The course is maintained in excellet condition and as it has good drainage we enjoy excellent winter golf. There is rarely any restriction in the use of powered trolleys and we have a fleet of 6 top of the range buggies for hire. We operate a two tee start so that 2 ball matches are seprerated from 3/4 ball games to assit the speed of play. We have recently hosted the Seniors Amateur Open Tournament and we will next year host the Amateur Ladies Stroke Play Tournament both organised by English Golf.

Members’ achievements

Andy Rudge is currently the Captain of the Gloucestershire Men’s team.

Ted Jackson served for many years as President of the Gloucester Golf Union.

Gary Wolstenholme played regularly for the England amateur team, and is now playing on the Seniors Professionals circuit.

How to Join Bristol & Clifton Golf Club

If you do not already belong to Bristol & Clifton Golf Club and wish to obtain more information or would consider joining, please phone the Club Manager, Neil Newman on 01275 393474. We would look forward to welcoming you as a new member.

Welcome to the Ladies Section

The Bristol & Clifton ladies section has over 120 members of all ages and playing ability and so whether you have been a golfer for some time, or are a complete beginner, you will be in good company. We play various formats of organised golf on a Tuesday, both fun golf as well as club trophies, medals and stablefords. 

For those new members who like competition, we have teams in the Bristol and District Ladies Alliance where we play six different clubs home and away, the format being scratch match play. Our first team has been particularly successful in winning Division One of the League seven times in the last eight years. In addition we are undefeated in the annual match against the winners of the Gloucester League. We also have 'friendlies' against eight other local clubs which is a greensomes format and provides a good mixture of competitive golf and a social occassion meeting visitors from other clubs at the after match tea.   

We take pride in making sure that new members are made to feel welcome by allocating a 'mentor' to effect introductions and show them how to get involved with the life of the Club. Various 'roll ups' are arranged both during the week and at the weekend and so you will never be short of playing companions. Mixed golf is popular at the Club and we have seven mixed foursomes events held on a Sunday through the year which are followed by a supper and prize giving.  We also have a mixed foursomes match play knockout, 2 seniors v ladies matches, and a winter foursomes knockout called The Claret Jug. There is an active and varied social program throughout the year where all members and friends are welcome.

The standard of the Club and our facilities is perhaps best judged by the fact that we will be hosting the Ladies Amateur Open Stroke Play competition during 2016 which is one of the four foremost national events run by English Golf. Our course has good drainage and so we enjoy excellent winter golf generally with no restriction in the use of power trolleys. We also have a fleet of 6 top of the range buggies available for hire.

To summarize, our busy and successful Ladies Section is part of a traditional but forward thinking club.  We welcome new members at any time and please see the membership page to complete an application form, or telephone our Club Manager, Mark Betteridge on 01275 393474 for further information.

Welcome to the Seniors Section

Bristol & Clifton Men’s Seniors’ Section starts at the age 55 if retired or 60.

The Section has over 140 members of all standards of golf from single to high figure handicaps. We warmly welcome and provide for all golfers, whether new to the game or a seasoned player.

The Seniors’ Section was established in 1972 and its Committee of five has experience of organising a wide range of events. We have a busy summer programme, playing 36 matches, within an area bounded by St Pierre, Minchinhampton, Kingsdown and Enmore golf clubs. These are well supported and an enjoyable social occasion always including an excellent meal and some inspiring repartee.

In addition there are a variety of internal competitions:

Stableford Qualifying handicap competitions, held in the middle and at the end of each month.
Summer and winter single and pairs knockout matches.
Matches against our Ladies Section, played in March and October.
Seniors’ Captain’s Day organised with a match, followed by a dinner for members and wives/partners.
We also host an annual Seniors’ Open Day which normally on the first Wednesday in June.

The Committee provides assistance to members who wish to play in Away Open competitions played at other clubs in the South West and Wales. See the Seniors Notice Board for details.

We are supported by staff in the Pro Shop who can organise fitness sessions or group golf lessons.

Bristol & Clifton Golf Club has a wide range of excellent practice facilities ranging from a covered driving range to academy practice area plus a practice chipping and bunker area.

Our golf course is immaculatly maintained and has an integrated two tee start system, for 2 or 3/4 ball matches. The course has good drainage and so we enjoy excellent winter golf with rarely any restriction on the use of powered trolleys. We also have a fleet of 6 top of the range buggies available for hire.

The Seniors’ Section at Bristol & Clifton Golf Club has, not only over forty years of experience in organising events, but is also looking forward to the future and is keen to encourage new members to participate.

How to Join the Seniors’ Section

Contact the Seniors’ Captain or any member of the Seniors' Committee, whose details are on the Seniors Notice Board in the entrance to the men’s changing rooms, we would be only too pleased to be of assistance.

Welcome to the Junior Section

The junior section at Bristol & Clifton is a thriving section with almost 100 junior members. Juniors progress through five stages and may play the course at almost all times once they have attained a proficient level of play; boys with handicaps of 28 or less and girls of 36 or less have full playing privileges.

To join the section download a copy of the junior application form and send this to the Club Manager. The junior subscription from £55 plus (EGU & County Fees)

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