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 celebrates its 80th anniversary this 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 Georges, 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 330 and includes former England Test players such as Andrew Strauss, John Murray, John Snow, Ted Dexter, Paul Downton, Angus Fraser, Mike Gatting, Tony Pigott and Dennis Amiss.
The chairman 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 Society’s ‘home’ is the Worplesdon club in Surrey where two meetings are held each year.
The Society pays a block subscription to WGC and this currently entitles CCGS members to play on weekdays at any time of the year and introduce guests on payments of a green fee of £40 per person.
Further details about the County Cricketers’ Golf Society can be obtained from Richard Baker, the secretary, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The full CCGS fixture list for 2015 can be found at: http://www.thepca.co.uk/fixtures.html