Shifnal Ladies Section
Shifnal Golf Club has one of the largest ladies’ sections in the region with about 125 ladies and 17 junior girls. Girls are welcome to play in all the ladies’ competitions as well as joining the boys in junior competitions. Lady members of Shifnal Golf Club are full playing members with full voting and playing rights. The Ladies’ Section has its own Lady Captain and Lady President, who attend Board meetings and club committees The Lady Captain chairs the Ladies’ Committee, which organises the ladies’ competitions, controls ladies’ handicaps and manages their finances.
Ladies’ weekly competitions are held on Thursdays, with a mixture of qualifying and team competitions. In addition, weekend medals are run monthly during the main playing season and are open to all lady members, but are of special importance to working ladies or the junior girls who may not be able to play on a Thursday. There are 13 Honours Board Trophies and another 10 trophies which are also enthusiastically contested.
Lady Captain’s Day in June is the busiest day in the ladies’ playing calendar with a ladies’ 18 hole morning team shotgun, followed by 9 hole mixed competitions in the afternoon. There are two Ladies’ Open team events (in May and July), with a Ladies’ Invitation in September.
Lady members can also play in three mixed trophy competitions, in a mixed foursomes knockout and every Bank Holiday in a mixed 4 ball better ball.
Honours Board Trophies are presented at the Club’s Annual Prize Presentation evening in November.
A series of special competitions are held to celebrate Christmas including a mixed competition run by the ladies.
There are both scratch and handicap teams playing in leagues organised by the County. Also, friendly matches for ladies or lady seniors are played either home or away versus other local clubs. Matches played between Lady Captain and Lady Vice-Captain, Ladies and Gentlemen, Ladies and Seniors are fiercely contested, for which we ask as many ladies as possible to play.
There is a popular Ladies’ Away Break – usually dinner, bed & breakfast and two rounds of golf, featuring a team competition on the first day (to get to know the course) and an individual stableford for a cup the next day. This is a relaxing break for the ladies, but full of fun too. Also, an Exchange Day is arranged with another club – we usually try to travel slightly further afield than our friendly match venues.
The Ladies’ Invitation Dinner Dance is held in February/March –when the ladies invite the gentlemen! The Ladies’ Committee organises an annual charity coffee morning and various other events (such as entertaining talks, lunches, trips out and to national golf competitions – especially if our members are playing).
How To Get Involved
New members will meet the Lady Captain during their application to join the club and will have a guided tour of the clubhouse and ladies’ locker room, during which golf and social information will be given. The Ladies’ Secretary will keep in touch and ensure new members are kept informed via e-mails.
If you have not got a handicap – never fear, we will help and encourage you to gain one, and introduce you to other members to play with in fun competitions whilst you gain confidence. The Ladies’ Handicap Secretary will advise you how to get a handicap – you do not have to play a full 18 holes straight away. Once you have a handicap, you can enter the weekly competitions – we have a system for ladies looking for partners in any particular week. Partners for most ladies’ trophy competitions are drawn, with entry lists posted six weeks in advance on the competition notice board in the ladies’ locker room and the draw made three weeks before the competition. Apart from the weekly ladies’ Thursday competitions, you can also book to play at any time during the week via the club’s online booking system.
Come and Join Us – we have ladies of all golfing abilities – you will soon find friendly faces to help you enjoy your golf at Shifnal GC