Welcome to Alderley Edge Golf Club where I have the honour of being Lady Captain for 2018.
When I joined the Club, just 8 years ago, I was still working full time and so could only play at weekends and in the evenings and therefore I needed a club that could offer me the flexibility to play a few holes whenever I could. A friend suggested that I try Alderley Edge as they had played it a few times and found the people very friendly and, although it was only a 9 hole course, it was a testing one, but one that could be enjoyed by players of all handicaps, which being a high handicap player was what I needed. So that's what I did, I played it, loved it, joined it and have been here ever since.
We have been fortunate enough this year to have several new lady members, some of who have joined following a Introductory Membership where they had lessons from our wonderful club professional, Charles Le Seur and, I have to say, it is a very good way to start.
Our Ladies play their competitions every Tuesday and there are weekends competitions for the ladies who can't play on Tuesday's and in the season when we play the 18 hole competitions we also have 9 hole competitions for those ladies who prefer, for whatever reason, to play 9. The 9 hole competition is a very good way of familiarising new players with the rules and learning the course and the more you play the more your confidence grows.... ready for the 18 holes. We also have an informal roll up each Thursday morning, which is very relaxed and friendly.
Also mainly aimed at the high handicap players, each year we play in Friendly Competitions against other clubs, plus this year, and only the second year of the 9 hole league, I am pleased to say that won the trophy which now takes pride of place in our trophy cabinet.
The more experienced players can enter each year in the Bell Cup Knockout, Daily Mail Foursomes, Bunty Booth Trophy and Coronation Foursomes. Also new to the club in 2017 – the Ping 4 Ball Betterball Prize.
There is also a good social side to the club with varied programmes run throughout the year and the lounge is a good place to relax, have some refreshments or just stay and chat.
Each year the Lady Captain has a chosen charity and events are run throughout the year to raise money. This year my charity is Kidney Research UK.
We have a hard working team of ladies on or Golf Committee, including Lady President Margaret Sumner and Vice Captain Julie Ricketts and I'm looking forward to working with them this year to make it a successful and enjoyable one.
I hope this has given you a brief insight into the club. Come and try it, make new friends, enjoy relaxed golf and, who knows, like me, you will still be here many years down the line.
Mary O'Toole, Lady Captain 2018