The Objective of the Junior Section is to nurture a love of golf and an appreciation of its values which we hope will bring a lifetime of enjoyment to our Junior Members. The Junior Section aims to be a friendly and welcoming part of the Club for all of its Members. Juniors are encouraged to participate fully in the events organised by the Junior Organisers, and it is hoped that they will enjoy meeting and playing with other Members whilst also improving their skills as golfers. All Juniors are expected to be aware of and to abide by the basic Rules of golf and of RWGC and to observe good golfing etiquette and sportsmanship. The Junior Section will have succeeded in its Objective if, by the time a Junior reaches the age of 18, he or she will have become a competent and competitive golfer while, at the same time, appreciating that being a good Club Member is as much about good behaviour and good company, both on and off the golf course, as it is about being a good golfer.
(a) Children of Members
Junior Membership is available to children of Members between the ages of 11 and 18 years, although an application will not normally be accepted after a candidate’s 16th birthday unless there are exceptional circumstances. Applications for this category must be proposed and seconded by Members, be supported by the Junior Committee, approved by the Membership Committee and ratified by the Committee.
(b) Children of Non-Members
Junior Membership is also available to children whose parents are not Members of the Club, up to a maximum of 40 in number. Applications for this category must be proposed and seconded by Members, be supported by the Junior Committee, approved by the Membership Committee and ratified by the Committee. Not more than a maximum of 5 Juniors will be admitted in any one academic year.
Juniors admitted will be required to return at least four cards each year. Their progress and participation will be monitored by the Junior Committee to ensure that they are making full use of their Membership, which will be reviewed from time to time.
Expiration of Junior Membership
Junior Membership will expire no later than 31st August following their 18th birthday or on completion of their school education.
(a)Application for Membership of the Club
Each Spring the Junior Committee may recommend a limited number of maturing juniors (those who have or will become 18 years of age during the current academic year) for special consideration by the Membership Committee for Membership of the Club. This recommendation will be based on the achievement of a handicap of 18 or better for boys and 28 for girls, together with an assessment of each individual’s personal contribution to the Junior Section and their general suitability for Membership of the Club.
Juniors in this category will be informed of the Committee’s recommendations, but still need to complete a formal application form which should be submitted to the Secretary before the end of August or as advised by the Secretary.
Other ex-juniors, whom the Junior Committee feel are suitable candidates for membership, but are unable to recommend due to the number of memberships available, will be encouraged to join through the normal membership process where the application process favours those under 35 years old with a handicap less than 18 and who have breadth and depth of Members support.
All enquiries regarding membership of the Junior Section should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(b) Playing Rights of ex-Junior Members
Ex-junior members who are on the specially recommended list for Membership (see above) will become Members of the Club (18-25 Category) on 1st September, subject to the Committee’s confirmation. At that time, they attain Members’ playing rights according to the appropriate membership category.
All other ex-junior members have no playing rights beyond the expiry of their Junior Membership on 31th August. Sons and daughters of Members, regardless of Junior Membership, have some privileges under the Rules of the Club, which are not the concern of the Junior Committee.
Use of the Course
The permitted hours of play are as follows:
(a) Monday to Friday
At any time, but Members of the Club have priority and must be let through if there is evidence of slow play.
(b)Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays
Handicaps 18 and below may play after 11.00 am, handicaps 19 plus after 2.30 pm but only if playing with a Member or Junior with a handicap of 18 or less or with the permission of the Secretary.
Handicaps 18 and below may play after 11.00 am, handicaps 19 and above after noon but only if playing with a Member, or Junior with a handicap of 18 or less or with the permission of the Secretary.
Juniors may introduce one guest at any one time upon payment of the relevant green fee, but only on a week day.
5. Senior Competitions
In order to gain experience and for handicap purposes, Junior boys and girls with official handicaps of 18 or 36 or below respectively are encouraged to play in senior competitions, but may not enter any associated sweepstakes, and entry is subject to the following conditions:-
(i) Juniors with a handicap of 18 or better may enter the Monthly and Mid Week Medals provided that they play with two adult Members, so they may gain experience in competitions and also for handicapping purposes.
(ii) For all permitted competitions and meetings, except for midweek and monthly medals and stablefords, Juniors must apply to the Junior Organisers for their express approval to enter;
(iii) Juniors may win stableford and medal competitions, but as they do not pay an entry fee they would not participate in the sweep payout, but they would be recognised as winners and be entitled to the memento medal awarded to the winners of monthly stablefords and medals;
(iv) As appropriate, Juniors may win Club competitions and meetings.
Juniors under 13 are allocated an initial handicap of up to 54, which can be reduced by “9 hole” cards marked by adult members at any time, or by Juniors in organised events. Juniors aged 13 and 14 have a maximum handicap of 36, which can be reduced by cards only over the full 18 holes but marked as for under 13’s. Juniors over 14 have a maximum handicap of 28 (girls 36) which can be reduced in 18 hole organised events, or on submission of a supplementary score for handicap purposes.
The Juniors’ Rooms are situated behind the Professional’s shop and may be used by all Junior Members. There is a games room and a lounge with TV and Video and shoe storage. The lavatory in the Juniors’ Rooms is for boy’s use only. Girls should use the Ladies Changing Rooms which is accessed by the entrance door opposite that for the Junior Rooms.
The Juniors’ notice board is situated within the Juniors’ Rooms.
It is the responsibility of all Juniors to ensure that rooms are left clean and tidy and that any crockery and cutlery taken from the main Clubhouse be returned after use.
Juniors may use the Old Dining Room and the Veranda Room, but not the Bar, and must be properly dressed, golf shoes are not permitted. Alcoholic drinks will be not be served to Junior Members.
(a) On the Course
Juniors are expected to maintain a proper standard of dress. The Secretary has discretion to prevent anyone playing who is, in his opinion, improperly dressed. Shorts should be tailored and worn with long or predominantly white calf length sports socks. Jeans, T-shirts, rugby shirts and any apparel with obvious logos or commercial advertising are prohibited.
(b) In the Dining Room
Smart casual dress is permitted; for boys this means no trainers, sport shirts with collars, trousers not jeans and shoes and socks; for girls, sports shirts or blouses with collars, tailored shirts, trousers or skirts and reasonable footwear, no trainers.
Behaviour on the Course
Players are expected to:
(i) Avoid excessive noise on the course, and not to move, talk or stand close or directly behind a player making a stroke;
(ii) Mend pitch marks on the greens; tools are available from the Professional’s Shop;
(iii) Smooth out bunkers after use, with a rake which is to be positioned outside the bunker in an area where it is least likely to affect movement of the ball.
iv) Replace divots and tread them in; Avoid practice swings on tees;.
(v) Comply with trolley diversion signs and keep their trolleys off tees, greens, aprons of greens and worn or wet patches of the course, not drop clubs on the greens, and replace flag sticks carefully in an upright position;
(vi) Always play without delay and invite the following match through if they are being held up and a clear hole has been lost on the players ahead;
(vii) Leave the course in the condition in which you would like to find it.
Mobile Phone Policy
The use of mobile phones for conversational purposes is strictly prohibited both on the Course and in the Clubhouse and must be switched off when on the Course.
Their use for other purposes (e.g., texting and as diaries) is not encouraged but is acceptable provided that their use is silent and non-intrusive.