Seniors golf is an important part of the Club's activities and our members warmly welcome all categories of golfer.
There is a Seniors Sub-Committee which runs the majority of Seniors club events throughout the year. Mr Ken Taylor (Chairman), Mr Frank Dunnett, 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 grensomes 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 spred form 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.