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Welcome to Bath Golf Club The Course and its History Playing Golf at Bath Golf Club The Spirit of Competition Pro Shop Custom fitting / Radar Technology

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Coaching Membership Benefits of Membership Visitors Societies Bar and Catering

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Welcome to Bath Golf Club Bath Golf Club is an 18-hole private members’ club situated on Hampton Down above the beautiful and historic city of Bath. It is one of England’s oldest and finest downland courses, and is considered by many the premier golf club in Bath and North East Somerset and one of the top courses in the West Country. Established in 1880, it quickly earned and has kept its reputation as a welcoming club with a thought-provoking course.

We have an active social programme, with a wide variety of events being enjoyed at the Club throughout the year, and are also happy to host functions such as wedding receptions and birthday parties.

Whether you are an established player or just starting your golfing career, we offer a wide range of membership options.

Anthony Roberts, Club Manager

On behalf of the management board, members and staff, may I offer you our warmest welcome. We all look forward to seeing you enjoying your golf.

We are also popular with societies and organisations wishing to arrange a golf day. | 7

The Course and its History Bath is one of the finest and oldest courses in England. Originally laid out in the 1880s using the natural contours of its hilltop location, it was redesigned in 1937 by the legendary course architect, Harry S. Colt, and now measures over 6,500 yards with a par of 71. The course is full of variety and is laid out over fine golfing country. Springy downland turf over shallow soil and limestone ensures rapid draining and the course is usually in superb condition. The greens present a special challenge, being relatively small and containing hidden, and sometimes not so hidden, borrows.

Affectionately known as “Sham Castle” by the locals, the course earned its nickname from the neighbouring architectural folly. The ‘castle’ stands in a field next to the course and although it looks like the entrance gate to an impressive baronial hall, is in fact nothing more than a single wall. It was built during Bath’s 18th century heyday at the request of wealthy Ralph Allen from his own Bath stone in order, as he himself wrote, “to charm all visitors to Bath”. | 11

The Course and its History Continued We are able to offer history, tradition and one of the best golf courses in the South West of England. In 2010, Bath Golf Club was featured in Golf Monthly. The journalist, a great fan of Harry Colt, was thrilled at the prospect of playing one of Harry’s courses. He spoke highly of numerous exciting holes and an extremely friendly clubhouse and wrote: “The excellent course at Sham Castle was no disappointment. In fine condition and perched high up on Hampton Down it has panoramic views down over the Georgian City and across the Avon Valley”.

The Club is committed to making continual improvements to the course, through the efforts of our Head Greenkeeper and his staff, investing in the latest equipment and methods. They work hard to present a course that is in excellent condition throughout the year. We are fortunate to have a limestone-based soil that drains well in the wetter months, but retains moisture in the drier ones, helped by water sprinklers round the greens and tees. | 13

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The Course and its History Continued Nature lovers will delight in the plants and wildlife on the course, with managed wild meadows alongside many fairways, flowers such as orchids, and birds including nesting skylarks, buzzards and hunting peregrine falcons.

The course is also a rich archaeological landscape. There are the boundaries of a prehistoric field system, providing useful distance markers on some fairways, a large early Iron Age hilltop enclosure with an entrance in front of the ninth tee, and the bomb-like craters of 18th century surface stone quarrying on a number of holes. | 15

Playing Golf at Bath Golf Club As a private members’ club, we pride ourselves on catering for all golfing needs. Competitions are held regularly for all our membership categories. We have a number of teams playing formal and informal matches against other clubs, for teams of men, ladies, mixed, seniors, nomads and juniors.

members and are extending this for visitors. This gives all players the security of knowing they have a tee time, and the ability to avoid crowded periods. Some times are left open to cater for those who prefer not to book.

There are several roll-ups during the week, offering all members the certainty of a game and a chance to meet other members.

We welcome both individual visitors, and societies and corporate golfers. A range of green fees and packages is available. For more information see the separate section on societies, visit our website or contact the office.

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The Spirit of Competition For many people, one of the principal reasons for joining a club is to test their prowess against their peers. Here at Bath we provide plenty of opportunities for this, with competitions throughout the year for individuals and teams, and matches against other clubs. Here is a taste of what’s on offer to members: Men • Regular Saturday competitions for trophies and cash prizes in various formats (medals, Stablefords, foursomes and four balls, Bowmakers and Texas Scrambles) • Knockout matchplay competitions for singles, foursomes and four balls • Club matches: a chance to play in a league against other clubs, both home and away

• Friendly competitions with a variety of roll ups for all ages. A block tee time is reserved and anyone is welcome to join in. It’s a good opportunity to meet people; teams are drawn to ensure a good mix • Captain/Pro Challenge: the chance to play a four ball match against the Club Captain and the Professional • Seniors: anyone aged 55 or over is eligible, regardless of handicap level, to play in Seniors competitions and also in friendly matches against other clubs, followed by a modestly-priced dinner • Nomads: offers those unable to play during working hours the opportunity to play in friendly matches against other clubs, teeing off late afternoon, followed by dinner • Open and invitation competitions: when we welcome players from other clubs. | 19

The Spirit of Competition Continued Ladies The Ladies’ section is a friendly, supportive group of over 100 members. Competitions are held on Tuesdays combined with alternative weekend days for those who cannot play on weekdays. The ladies have their own committee who organise their competitions and many other social and fun events. They can also arrange for a ‘buddy’ to help new members quickly integrate into the Club. • Regular medal and Stableford competitions, plus team events and nonqualifying competitions through the winter. • An annual 36-hole one-day championship • Spring and Autumn meetings to include gross, net and Stableford prizes in three divisions, plus other trophies and prizes • Summer knockouts and winter ‘round robin’ competitions, both singles

and foursomes, give extra opportunities for competitive golf • The Birdie Roll-up, open to all ladies each week during the winter, a good way to keep your game going and meet new players • We field two teams in the Bristol and District Ladies Golf Alliance; a team in the Somerset Interclub League; and a seniors’ group from which members are chosen to play for Somerset County Seniors in matches against other counties • Friendly matches against local clubs for higher handicap players Mixed There are eight mixed competitions during the year. Those who do not have a regular partner are encouraged to team up with other members. We also play several friendly matches against other clubs in the area. | 21

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The Spirit of Competition Continued Juniors The Club has a flourishing Junior section with around 50 members. We hold over 20 competitions during the year plus two regional open events and matches against other sections of the Club. During the summer term there are free coaching sessions with one of our qualified professionals, designed for new and beginner golfers and open to members and non-members. All year round, Head Professional Russell Covey and his staff hold regular coaching sessions designed to introduce our junior members to the many aspects of the game and all the benefits of playing. For more advanced players there is team coaching and we play matches against local clubs in the Bristol & District Alliance.

We are recognized as one of the leading clubs for the development of juniors, with some of our youngsters currently in the South-West under-16 training squad. We have attained the English Golf Union national GolfMark Award, which assesses clubs on coaching and playing, club environment (including sport equity and ethics), and child protection and duty of care. If you would like your child to join the Club, please see the section on Membership. We offer a family discount of 10% on all memberships if parents and children join together. | 23

Pro Shop The Pro Shop is run by a team of three resident professionals led by Russell Covey, who believes that our Club has one of the best courses in the region and operates his Pro Shop in a manner that underpins this belief. Their aim is to help you enjoy the wonderful game of golf by realising your full potential and optimising equipment selection. The shop is modern in design and stocked with leading brands. The team pride themselves on their service and commitment to the customer, offering a guarantee of satisfaction on club sales and a low price promise to ensure you get the best deal. Anyone spending over ÂŁ500 receives free tuition vouchers and special gifts, and large orders can be delivered free within the local area.

They also offer a full repair service from simple re-grips to servicing Powercaddies. The Pro Shop is open to non-members, so feel free to pop in any time and take advantage of the frequent price reductions and special offers. | 25

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Custom fitting / Radar Technology The extensive expertise and knowledge in their field allied to the use of state-of-of-the-art technology not only enables our professionals to give more efficient and effective lessons, but enables them to assist each golfer to choose exactly the right equipment for their individual needs. To obtain and analyse the technical data they require to identify the best equipment for you, Russell and his team employ the Flightscope X2 Radar system. This fitting/analysis tool provides accurate feedback regarding the ball dynamics in flight and tells them how efficiently the clubs are performing. Then, through testing with varying options of shaft weight, bend profile, flex and club loft, it provides them with the hard evidence necessary to recommend the best club set up for a player. This

valuable information can double the effects of any equipment changes which in turn boosts player confidence levels. Of course interpreting the data provided by Flightscope requires a level of expertise which all of the professionals at Bath Golf Club possess. Their advice is carefully considered in the context of a player’s existing skill level, individual objectives, physiology and playing needs as well as time availability, tuition plans and budget. The data captured can, if required, be forwarded to a third party swing coach. | 29

Coaching Our professionals at are expert in dealing with all aspects of your golf game regardless of your ability level. They have at their disposal both indoor and outdoor coaching facilities as well as state-of-the-art technology (Flightscope X2) to help them analyse your swing plane, ball flight, distance, and other parameters.

First Team coach to the University of Bath. However, don’t think for one minute these duties detract from the commitment he gives to our members and visiting golfers of all abilities. With his 25 years of experience Russell approaches every session with the same level of enthusiasm, caring, commitment and dedication, as does his team.

Russell enjoys an excellent reputation in golf coaching. He is the Somerset Men’s Elite squad Performance Manager, Somerset Under 16 Boys’ performance coach, Somerset Girls’ lead county coach and

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Membership We actively encourage new members, and offer a range of membership options aimed at making it as easy as possible to join. It’s a friendly club, and this is a good time to join as we do not currently have a waiting list. For those interested in taking up the game we have an Academy membership which includes group or individual lessons and access to our practice facilities and Academy course while you prepare for full membership.

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Benefits of Membership Becoming a playing member brings the following benefits: • Unlimited use throughout the year of one of the best golf courses in the region • Good practice facilities, including a full driving range, covered driving area, putting green, bunkers, pitching and chipping areas and an academy course for short play practice • Regular competitions for all ages and handicaps • The opportunity to play in matches against other clubs in the area • Discounted green fees for your guests • Obtaining a universally recognised handicap • The opportunity to meet other golfers • Access to the members’ section of the website for booking, handicaps,

results and contacts • Membership of England Golf • Fine catering in our well-equipped clubhouse for you and your guests • Proximity card giving access to the changing rooms and discounts on bar purchases There is something for everyone, and new members are encouraged to participate at whatever level they choose. As a member, your time and effort in supporting the club is as important as paying your subscription. You are expected to abide by club rules and to appreciate that you are joining a non-profit making organisation run by its members on an elected, voluntary basis, with the help of a professional Club Manager. | 35

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Visitors Visitors, whether the guest of a member or paying a full green fee, are welcome to the Club throughout the week and at weekends, subject to availability. It is not necessary to show a handicap certificate, but the Club reserves the right to refuse permission if the player’s lack of ability seems likely to spoil the enjoyment of others on the course. Visitors must check in at the Pro Shop before teeing off.

We are a friendly club, but do ask visitors to observe the normal rules of etiquette, and our dress code (for details see our website or contact the office). Mobile phones may be used in the changing room and car park, but not in the clubhouse or on the course. To book a tee time, please phone the Pro Shop. | 37

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Please do not hesitate to phone the office, or visit our website, if you have any queries or wish to check current prices or make a booking. | 39

Bar and Catering Our catering is provided by Taste Bites, an independent franchise run by husband and wife Stuart and Gemma Tucker. They lead a small team of trained professionals who, with a combined experience of over 30 years, provide all the hospitality requirements for the Club, from après-golf bar snacks including daily ’specials’, society lunches and dinners, to private parties and functions for 80+ people. Taste Bites endeavour to provide tasty fresh local produce, beautifully presented.

For sample menus, please see our website - To arrange a booking, please contact the office. | 41

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We have excellent catering facilities that allow us to be creative, from a banquet for the parties to snacks in a basket for smaller events. Parking is easy, and we are not far from the city centre if you prefer to arrange a taxi and enjoy the wine list.

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Bath and the Cotswolds Nourished by natural hot springs, Bath offers a unique experience with stunning architecture, great shopping and iconic attractions. Situated at the southern end of the Cotswold Way, the golden city of Bath has been welcoming visitors for over 2,000 years. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Bath is home to some of the most impressive architectural sights in the world including the Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge. At the heart of the city, next to the Abbey, is the Roman Baths Museum, which gives a fascinating insight into the original bathing complex and the great Roman temple of Sulis Minerva. Above the Museum in the 18th century Pump Room you can taste the waters, enjoy a meal and listen to music from the Pump Room Trio.

The Cotswolds region covers an area of 790 square miles in SouthWest England and is the country’s largest officially designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Popular with both the British and visitors from all over the world, the area is well known for gentle hillsides (‘wolds’), outstanding countryside with river valleys, water meadows and beech woods, sleepy ancient limestone villages and historic market towns. Throughout the Cotswolds, stone features in buildings and walls and provides a common thread, seamlessly blending the historic towns and villages with the surrounding landscape. The countryside is seen as ‘typically English’, as though time has stood still for 300 years. | 47

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How to Find Us Bath Golf Club is ideally situated just a mile from the centre of the City. For satellite navigation our postcode is BA2 6JG. As you leave the city on the A36 towards Warminster, North Road rises to the right alongside the Bath Spa Hotel. Climb the hill and after about 600 yards the driveway to the golf club is on your left. For more details see our website or contact the office. The nearest mainline station is Bath Spa. | 49

Contact Us We are always pleased to meet new members, visitors and guests. If we can help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us. For general enquiries you can use the form on our website. Bath Golf Club Sham Castle Golf Course Road Bath BA2 6JG Email: Website:

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