RAF GOLFING SOCIETY
The RAF Golfing Society (RAFGS) operates as a traditional golf society, providing a very healthy fixture list of events for members to participate in. The history of the RAFGS makes interesting reading. The RAF Officers’ Golf Association was formed in 1921 when membership was limited to officers on the Active Service List, although retired officers could continue their membership provided that the subscription of 5/- (25p) was “promptly paid”. Inter-Service matches were introduced in 1922 with the RAF defeating the RN but losing to the Army and Civil Service, with this latter match being discontinued in 1928. The RAF had to wait until 1931 before becoming the outright champions and this was for the only time before the Second World War.
Most of the Meetings include 2 rounds of golf competing for splendid trophies engraved with names such as Guy Wolstenholme and Henry Cotton. Most of the costs range from approximately £52-£74 per day. The morning round is either 18 Holes Medal or Stableford with Foursomes or Greensomes after lunch. Current locations include: Rutland, Notts, Berks, Oxon, Yorks, Northants and Herts.
The Scottish Tour consists of 72 holes of Stableford played over 4 consecutive days on different courses alongside the Moray Firth.
The Society is usually invited to enter 2 competitions for Category 1 golfers – the Brent Knoll Bowl at Burnham & Berrow, and the Graham Butler Scratch Foursomes at Ferndown. These attract some of the best golfers in Southern England and our teams are normally selected from serving members.
The matches are against a range of golf clubs and societies. Events are coordinated by Match Organisers who select the team and liaise with the opposition. In the club matches the usual format is 2 rounds of Betterball or Foursomes with either lunch or dinner, though some matches are played over just one round. Team sizes vary from 10-12. We play at the following clubs: West Hill, Henley, Sonning, Hunstanton, Royal Cinque Ports, North Hants, Rye, Huntercombe and Moor Park. We also play matches against: the RAF team at Woodhall Spa; the AERO GS at West Byfleet; the Army Officers GS at Walton Heath; the RNGS at West Sussex; and the the Senior GS at Woking.
PERSONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE
Members are advised that they must ensure that they have their own golf insurance. The RAFGS will not stand behind or underwrite any claim made against them as a result of something they do while participating in a Meeting or match organised by the RAFGS. Membership of the RAF Golf Association’s Membership Scheme is open to all serving and retired personnel and their family members, and all members of RAF Golf Societies. For just £10 per year, membership provides Worldwide Personal Liability insurance of up to £5,000,000 while participating at golf, plus a £100 benefit for a certified Hole-in-One in any recognised competition and a twice yearly magazine.