Welcome to the CILT Golf Society’s 26th season. Here are 8 good reasons why you may want to join us in 2020.

We warm up for the golfing season with the usual Members Meeting on 15th April 2020 – to be held for the third successive year at Beaconsfield Golf Club.

Beaconsfield is a beautifully presented, classic Harry Colt designed course with excellent practice facilities – particularly the Luke Donald short game area! The course remains basically the same as when it was originally designed in 1913 by HS “Harry” Colt and has many of his trademark features. In particular it is very well bunkered and has unusually large greens. Each of the holes has its own character and is separated from its neighbouring holes by mature mixed woodland. Apart from the 6th and 8th hole it offers very easy walking, though a few single seat buggies are available for hire.
As is traditional at this opening meeting, the Golf Society AGM will follow a post-round meal and presentation of prizes. With decisions to be made about some key Committee roles and event venues, this is the time for existing and new (especially welcome) members to have their say on the future direction of the society. Moreover, this is an excellent opportunity for business networking and to entertain guests at an affordable price.

Our next event, the Spring Meeting on Tuesday 12th May 2020, will again be held at Hankley Common Golf Club. This beautiful high-quality heathland course near Farnham, Surrey, which originated in 1897, is used as an Open Regional Qualifying Course and was voted number 41 in the Golf Monthly Top 100 courses and 46 in the Golf World Top 100 list.

“Hankley Common has an elegant setting and a fine routing which takes us on an intriguing exploration of the endless heath where slithers of fairway cut through never-ending swathes of heather, each in their own little universe.
It is a relatively easy walk with the only climb of any sorts coming when we play the triad of holes where the sixth and eighth (both par fives) act as two lengths of an isosceles triangle with the superlative short seventh joining the dots.
Indeed one of the beauties of the course is that it plays in little triangles, or mini-loops, throughout the round. The first to fourth bring us back to the clubhouse. 10, 11 & 12 are another triangle as are 13, 14 & 15.”

On the 25th June we return to Copt Heath Golf Club for our Summer Meeting.
Copt Heath represents an enjoyable and challenging test for golfers of every level, requiring strategic thinking as well as some power and finesse.
The course maintains an enviable reputation for play on full greens throughout the year. A natural sandy sub-soil, good drainage and a full course irrigation system helps ensure the course is at its best whatever the weather.
Many of the original features of the Harry Colt design, most notably his renowned deep bunkers and subtle greens, are still evident today.
The opening is tough with the first six holes requiring either length or accuracy to ensure a solid start to your round. From the 7th tee onwards the course opens up a little and players have the opportunity to build a good score as the course becomes a little friendlier.
In 2018 Copt Heath was voted 99 in the top 100 by National Club Golfer, with comments like “Greens are true and more often than not slick”, “I do not think I saw a course that was better presentedthan Copt Heath all season”.

Having honed our skills on 3 strokeplay events, we now turn our attention to matchplay.

The third annual 8-a-side, 4BBB Stableford match versus the Liberal Club Golf Circle will be held in 2020 at West Essex Golf Club on 22nd July.

Our record in this event stands at: played 3, won 1, lost 2, so we are hoping to turn out a good team and even the score this year.

Last year’s event at Gerrards Cross Golf Club was marred by wet weather – as evidenced by standing water on the 18th green in the picture – so let’s hope 2020 is kinder.

One of the highlights of the year is our annual tri-angular match with the Royal Logistics Corps and Transport Association Golf Societies. This year it will take place on Wednesday 5th August 2020 at The Army Golf Club near Aldershot.

Teams are made up of 8 players, with the best 6 Stableford scores counting in the morning inter-team competition. After a light lunch there will be a 9 hole friendly Texas Scramble.

We’ll will keep a close eye on the weathercock to see which way the wind will blow this year! It is too long since the CILT had its hands on this trophy, so we need to put out a good team. If you are a current or past member of the CILT and would like to play in this match, please join the Golf Society and indicate your availability for team selection.

The ever-popular Annual Tour visits Yorkshire this year from Sunday 6th to Tuesday 8th September.

The programme includes:

  • accommodation in a York city centre hotel within walking distance of many pubs and restaurants
  • golf at Fulford GC on Sunday
  • Monday golf at York GC
  • Gala Dinner on Monday evening
  • golf at Yorkshire’s premier course, Ganton GC, on Tuesday (with sandwich lunch, before travelling home).

Over the years our annual tour has delivered immense fun, wonderful camaraderie and memorable golf courses. We expect 2020 to be no different. If you would like to join us, go to the Matches & Meeting page of the Golf Society website (www.ciltgolf.co.uk), or email the event organiser John Winter (john.winter@redacre.co).

Our annual match versus the Oil Industry Golf Society will be played on 22nd September 2020.
This is the oldest regular event played at our founding venue, Denham Golf Club. The Golf Society founding captain, John Smith, was a member at Denham Golf Club and of the Oil Industry Golf Society. He arranged this annual match which has been played since 1995 and was originally sponsored by BP.

Teams are made up of 8 players (4 pairs) and matches are played over 18 holes as a 4BBB Stableford, followed by the famous Denham GC carvery lunch.
In 2019, and for the first time in several years, the Oil Industry GS received the trophy, so we are looking for normal service to be resumed in 2020. All CILT Golf Society members are eligible to bid for a place in what we hope will be a team that is up to the challenge. This event is great fun and provides another excellent opportunity for networking with members of both societies.

We end the 2020 season with the annual Autumn Meeting at Northamptonshire County Golf Club on 14th October.

The course, designed by Harry S Colt, is ranked in the Top 100 Golf Courses in England and hosted the PGA Seniors Pro Championships in 2018. This will be the 4th time we have been to this great course in what is known locally as Church Brampton.

As usual at this end-of-season event, in addition to prize-giving for the day, presentations will be made to the winners of the season’s John Swanson Smith Trophy and the Knock-out Trophy.

The day concludes with a handover from this year’s Captain to his successor.