County cricketers past and present have the chance to play golf at some of the top courses in the country as members of the County Cricketers’ Golf Society which is now in its 82nd year.
The Society was formed in 1935 with the objective of providing “opportunities for occasional meetings on the golf course between County Cricketers and so revive friendships commenced on the cricket field.”
The Society also provides competitive golf for its members with 28 fixtures scheduled for this year including matches at Rye, Walton Heath, Woburn, Royal Mid-Surrey, Formby, Royal Porthcawl, Royal St George’s, Worplesdon, West Hill, The Berkshire, Hollinwell and Royal Worlington.
The annual membership costs just £25 and is open to anyone who has played a first-class county match.
The current membership stands at around 300 and includes former England Test players such as John Murray, John Snow, Ted Dexter, Paul Downton, Angus Fraser, Mike Gatting, Tony Pigott and Dennis Amiss.
The President of the CCGS Bryan Richardson, the former Warwickshire batsman, is keen to involve more current players in the society’s activities.
“Traditionally when players had finished playing cricket they took up golf but now many of the boys are playing golf while they are still playing cricket,” he said.
“We want them to be welcomed into the Society while they are still playing county cricket.”
Each fixture includes 36 holes of golf and a lunch. As guests of the host clubs CCGS members do not pay green fees, the only cost is for lunch.
The full CCGS fixture list for 2017 can be found at: thepca.co.uk/fixtures