We have a thriving Ladies’ section with over 100 members. The Ladies’ section is well known as being friendly, welcoming and continues to expand. We are busy encouraging them, with newcomers to join in all aspects of the section.
We have a dedicated teaching professional Shaun Creasy, leading our Ladies Academy for new golfers, which has seen many ladies become full members. Shaun’s relaxed and friendly lessons set you on the road to playing golf and achieving a handicap.
Organise fun competitions for both Academy and full Cooden members in absolutely beautiful surroundings which help newcomers to meet like-minded golfers, make new friends and enjoy a varied social calendar.
There is a roll-up on Thursday morning for the recent joiner, but there is also a long list of ladies who are readily available to play a casual game to help the welcoming process.
For the less competitive golfer, there are always ladies who will be happy to play a game just for fun. There is also a Buddy system, pairing an Academy member with an experienced player when they join the club.
Competition days: Tuesday/Saturday
Tuesday and Saturday is Ladies’ Competition Day and competitions are scheduled throughout the year. Check the Notices in the Ladies’ Lounge and the Competition Handbook for details and format of each competition.
If you are looking to get involved in something more competitive, we also take part in inter-club divisional matches and a winter league. Ladies’ matches can be found on the ladies’ notice board at the Club.
In addition to our own playing groups and competitions, we play friendly matches against other local clubs. We have a great social calendar and there are regular mixed matches and competitions, with supper evenings throughout the summer months. Whether you have a golfing partner or not, all are welcome to come along and play.
There is a Seniors Sub-Committee which runs the majority of Seniors club events throughout the year. Mr Ken Taylor (Chairman), Mr Ian Gwinnell and Mr Peter Riley comprise the Committee.
The Seniors play 18 local clubs both home and away with individual match managers being appointed to run each event. Team colours of white shirt, navy jumper and grey trousers are appreciated. There is a sign-up sheet on the Seniors noticeboard where members can register interest in playing in any number of those matches although it is expected that sign up should be for both home and away fixtures. These games are largely social events which although keenly fought reflect the close relationships that have been built up between the clubs. Each fixture is followed by an enjoyable and welcome after-match lunch, where the dress code is jacket and club tie.
WEDNESDAY MORNING GOLF (WEDNESDAY a.m.'s or WAMs)
Every Wednesday morning there is a drawn competition generally played in various formats organised by the Seniors Sub-Committee. There is a sign-up book in the lobby of the Clubhouse where members can register to play by each Monday morning and it is this register that is used as the basis of the drawing of the pairs/groups for the forthcoming Wednesday morning. The draw is sent by email to members to advise their starting times and from which part of the course they are due to begin play. The WAMs have been organising their golf in this way for over 40 years and it is without doubt the very best welcome to newly-joined members who, due to the random draw process, have the opportunity of meeting different players every week. The format in the winter is usually greensomes but throughout the summer varying formats are played including 3 ball betterball, texas scrambles and the occassional greensomes but with the emphasis being on own ball games in groups of three or four. After each Wednesday mornings play we gather in the bar for a drink and the prizegiving takes place.
During November we also run alongside the days greensomes events, an accumulator for a trophy, for the player with the most points scored in three events out of four.
SENIORS INVITATION DAY
In July we hold an Invitation Day where members may invite guests over 55 from other clubs to join them for a betterball game of golf, bacon roll and lunch with prizegiving with the emphasis being on a social day.
SENIORS TEAM INVITATION
On the last Friday in May we hold a team invitation where other clubs may apply with three names to play in a best 2 or four betterball game of golf. They will be paired up with a Cooden member to create the team of four. In the first year we had 26 teams from 19 clubs spread from Littlestone to Worthing and up to and including South London. The day starts with a bacon roll and after play there is a two course buffet and prizegiving. We limit clubs to two teams but availability is keenly fought for with many teams wanting to register for the following year.
END OF YEAR SOCIAL EVENTS
The year culminates in the WAMs annual dinner in October followed by the WAMs and their Ladies dinner in November. Both events are black tie.
Under the care of our Professional, Shaun Creasey, and our Junior Organisers, we hold regular competitions every month for Congu handicappers and non handicapped players.
Shaun is also responsible for our Saturday Junior Academy Lessons, which was set up to encourage young beginners to learn the game in the hope that they will then go on to join the Club and become fully integrated members.
From April throughout the Summer season Shaun runs group beginner lessons in association with the Golf Foundation please click here for more information.
For more information on Junior Golf Coaching, please call Shaun on 07743507988 or email [email protected]
Throughout the year there are regular Junior Competitions organised and full details can be found on the Junior diary sheet or alternatively on the Junior notice board at the clubhouse.
Dates for Junior Members Diaries
Please note that the Junior 9 Hole Stableford Competitions for Academy members will be listed on the Junior notice board at the clubhouse.
The committee manages a series of singles and doubles competitions together with a challenge competition for the most matches played and won. 2018 has seen the introduction of a snooker league and the re-introduction of the billiard league, these games being played on alternate Tuesday afternoons. The considerable number of club members with snooker handicaps adds diversity to Cooden Beach Golf Club, better value for money and develops and strengthens the ambiance and spirit of Cooden Beach Golf Club.
The snooker committee offers you all a very warm welcome.
D. Hollingdale, J. Larkin, A. Mann, A. Mitchell, A. Watton, A. Fairlie (Chair)