BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
We welcome dozens of new members every year, many already have friends at the Club or have played at HGC a number of times and see that it is the right time to join. Others will find us via an internet review or someone’s recommendation. We want the Club and the new member to enjoy a long and rewarding relationship together.
Our joining process works in a fast and efficient way: a short and informal interview takes place and, if needed, there may be some simple follow-ups. The whole process can take only a matter of days – gone are mandatory play-ins that take weeks to organise or a long wait for a decision! We want potential members to ask all the necessary questions and then feel that our welcome is as warm and the array of opportunities for golf as well as social events will provide new friends in what is a game – and a club – for life.
If HGC membership is a good idea for you, why not fill in the attached application form and return it to the HGC office by hand, by post, by fax or by scanning the document and sending as an email attachment.
We look forward to hearing from you. Or feel free to either phone or email our General Manager, Mark Smith, with any further questions: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: 020 8455 0203
HOW TO JOIN
The process for membership is deliberately quick and simple with a five-stage procedure:
- Potential new members fill in the application form;
- The chair of the Club’s Membership Committee then considers the applicant’s details and candidates are asked to attend an informal interview with a small number of Club members;
- If necessary, nine holes of golf are arranged with the prospective member and other members to establish golfing ability and knowledge of etiquette. Those with a proven golf handicap may skip this stage, while beginners may be asked to commit to a series of lessons;
- Once the candidate’s golfing ability is established, the nomination form is signed by membership committee representatives;
- Finally, the Captains Committee makes the final decision on the application. This whole process may take only a matter of a few days if all goes according to plan.
A successful applicant receives a letter of acceptance and a fees invoice to complete the process. Membership formally begins upon payment of the full amount due.
THE COST OF JOINING
New members pay an entrance fee equal to two annual subscriptions of their joining category plus an initial annual fee that will vary according to the month of joining (ie a proportion of the remaining financial year October to September). The entrance fee payment may be spread over three years. Also, there is no joining fee for Juniors or Young Adults aged 18 to 34.
Annual Membership Fees (as from 1 October 2020)
Adult, Full Membership
Adult, Six Days (Sun-Fri)
Young Adult (aged 18-34)
£580 – £1,425*
Junior (aged 12-17)
Note: *New young adults pay a graduated scale of fee depending on their age; there is also a 50% discount for full-time university students.
The above fees include membership of the Middlesex County Golf Association.
If an application for membership is unsuccessful then a letter from the club stating this outcome will be sent as soon as possible.
WHY CHOOSE HAMPSTEAD GOLF CLUB
- This is a renowned, scenic parkland golf course always in splendid condition and with nine challenging holes ready to test both the low and the high handicapper.
- The course measures 5,822 yards for men (SSS 68) and 5,368 yards for women and juniors (SSS 71) and regularly stages prestigious county tournaments and pro-am events.
- As a result of protocols necessary to comply with UK government Covid guidelines, a tee booking system has been recently introduced. This offers members transparency as to who is playing, facilitating both the meeting of new people and the ability to jump on the tee when you might wish.
- Easy access to the first tee is often a surprise to potential members, but with a controlled number of visitors and societies plus a limit on HGC membership numbers, HGC golfers can normally play when they wish. Tee reservations are relatively few, but the most regular being competitions, and back nine for those planning the full 18.
- Golf in London is often about a player’s available time and their proximity to the course – as the closest golf club to Central London, HGC has a huge advantage.
- Being able to play 9 holes in less than two hours is the promise of golf at HGC and that is truly fulfilling. For those with busy life styles or working from home or simply wanting to fit in a quick round of golf, then HGC is your club… but if 18 holes is your choice, then maybe use the alternate tees for the back 9 and fully test yourself. (see HGC Course Guide here)
- The Club boasts a strong commitment to coaching via investment in its practice facilities and a programme of taster sessions for beginners. Two talented PGA professionals provide lessons for all ages and abilities. (see our Gateway to Golf here)
- Social golf with friends? This is the backbone of HGC where groups of members operate WhatsApp and email groups to plan their own roll-ups. You can play alone, with family or friends, or join one of the casual gatherings throughout the week or at weekends.
- A fully-stocked Pro Shop offers a full range of equipment plus plenty of HGC-branded merchandise to wear and use on the course, while the Pros can help fit and match new clubs.
- The Men’s, Women’s and Junior sections are all lively and friendly as well as competitive and there are plenty of silver trophies to be won and hard-fought inter-club matches with our local rivals throughout the year. Plus, a number of mixed events still rank as among the most popular way to enjoy the Club and its friendly culture. Everyone is welcome to take part!
- Guests of members are most welcome and benefit from a reduced green fee as well as a cheerful atmosphere.
- HGC members receive membership of the Middlesex County Card scheme which offers great deals at over 1,300 courses around the country. (read the full MCC scheme details here)
- Plus, HGC is a member of The 1893 Club, offering special discounts at other clubs founded in 1893.
THE CLUBHOUSE & SOCIAL EVENTS
- The iconic 1930s clubhouse, built in the Arts and Crafts style, with its open-beam structure and impressive fireplace is one of HGC’s most admired assets.
- Social events are centred on the clubhouse and range from regular BBQ golf on summer Wednesday evenings to themed food nights with Italian or Mexican cuisine and a Burns Night. A pop-up supper club is planned with visiting chefs along with summer parties for families and kids. In addition, there are wine tastings with celebrity speakers, occasional live music, painting classes, film nights, quiz evenings, Christmas parties and much more. HGC members are active, cosmopolitan, friendly and inclusive.
- Fine food and a friendly bar await all members and visitors, while good service is guaranteed. HGC’s luncheon menu is varied and constantly changing to meet the needs of hungry golfers.
HOW THE CLUB OPERATES
- HGC is a private members Club owned by the membership and run by an annually-elected Management Committee who appoint the General Manager. It prides itself on being inclusive across gender, race, religion and age as well as welcoming both the best golfers and the absolute beginners.
- Commercially speaking, our subscriptions are competitive and also lower than many other local clubs.
- The Club has a progressive outlook to improving the course, the clubhouse and all its facilities; we aim to be carbon neutral by 2030.
- The culture of HGC is built on a proud history of over 125 years of success and involves respect for all members and a sense of teamwork.
- Finally, HGC is thriving in what is not always an easy sporting marketplace. With just over 500 members, the Club is operated by its Committees and General Manager for the benefit of all members – as a member, you will have a voice in the Club’s actions and directions.
Over a dozen major trophies for men are contested each year, ranging from the strokeplay of the Club Championship to the matchplay of the Captain’s Prize with the traditional final on Captain’s Weekend in June. There are competitions staged sometimes on a single day or as knockouts over several weeks or months and can be perfect for low handicappers such as the Scratch Goblet or for high handicappers like the Brown Rabbits Bowl.
The monthly medal takes place on the first Saturday of every month and a monthly Stableford is on the third Saturday. There are also many mixed matches for pairs of men and women golfers throughout the year which are probably one of the best ways for new members to integrate with other players – for instance families can contest the Luke Bowl. All these competitions require a formal handicap – and sign-up sheets are usually in the vestibule or on the noticeboard next to the office.
Two popular golf teams operate, mostly in the spring and summer months: Hampstead Foxes, for players with a handicap between 10 and 19; and Hampstead Seniors for players aged over 60. Both teams play home and away fourball matches against other local clubs, while there are also inter-club individual and pairs competitions for the Foxes. Although the competitions can be fierce, the informal post-match meals are often more memorable than the golf!
Perhaps the highlight for members is the biennial Pro-Am with teams of four (usually one pro, two men and one woman player) staged in the autumn. Watching the best professionals in the PGA’s East Region play the course is an education for any club golfer.
Informal roll ups are the backbone of the senior social golf scene at HGC. There are groups that regularly gather, for example, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings as well as Friday afternoons and on both mornings and afternoons on non-competition Saturdays. The groups usually communicate via email or WhatsApp – everyone is welcome. There is also an unwritten rule at HGC about inviting new members for a friendly game or inviting singles on the 1st tee to join their group – there’s no one need play alone unless they really want to.
The social events calendar at HGC is operated mostly by the Captains Committee and all members and their guests are always welcome. Regular gatherings can include anything from a celebrity wine tasting with former England rugby union international Simon Halliday or a painting class to an Italian-themed food evening or BBQs after summer golf on Wednesday evenings where members’ guests are welcome to play or just enjoy the fine food.
There are also individual members who organise extra events such as film nights or even their own birthday parties – there’s nothing to stop anyone creating their own clubhouse event!
The Captains Committee will usually send out email notifications for larger events, while notices and sign-up sheets of smaller get-togethers can usually be found on the noticeboard next to the office. Also, you can find out more about clubhouse events in the regular newsletter emailed at least three times per year.
Several dozen new male members join HGC every year and the welcome mat is first rolled out by GM Mark Smith along with the Club’s information brochure as well as by members of the Membership Committee who conduct each candidate’s interview. There are also occasional New Member Nine Hole events especially designed to introduce those newly joined men, women and juniors to each other as well as other members.
To enjoy competitions, social golf or clubhouse events, it’s best to read the Club emails and the newsletter as well as keep up to date with information posters and sign-up sheets on noticeboards in the vestibule and next to the office door.
Finally, the best person for advice is often Mark Smith; contact him on 020 8455 0203 (click through to the office) or his email address email@example.com
It can be daunting to join a golf club, even if you have a family member or friend there. We have a buddy system, which our new members tell us makes for a welcome start. Your buddy is a resource for you to ask questions, for example, about the club, competitions, golf etiquette and rules. She will also make an effort to introduce you to members and play a few rounds to get you started on enjoying the course and club.
We love our club and course, but we also like to enjoy what other courses have to offer. HGC women take part in inter-club competitions and friendlies (see below), as well as organising trips further afield. We have day-trips to courses within about a one-hour drive and currently organise a number of overnight trips every year, both during the week and weekends.
A lot of us have many constraints on our time and at just over 90 minutes for 9 holes, a round at HGC is similar to going to the gym. If you are keen on fitness, you might be interested to know a member recently used a heart and respiration monitoring device to discover that carrying a half set of clubs around 9 holes required the same effort on heart and lungs as a vigorous weight training workout! Alternatively, you can, of course, use a trolley as the course is hilly.
We were delighted to welcome Marie Martindale, our female professional in 2017. Together with our other experienced professional Tony Sheaff, there are plenty of options for tuition. Whether you prefer group or individual lessons, they can work out a programme which encompasses all aspects of learning the game of golf. The HGC Pros also stage regular Gateway To Golf Taster Sessions that offer complete beginners a chance to start a love affair with the sport. Look out for these group sessions on Thursday mornings to be run once a month, they are operated by the professionals but current members will share their experience with you.
The Hampstead women enjoy a range of matches with local clubs, including the Middlesex Pearson and Middlesex Scratch competitions. Hampstead reached the semi-finals for the Pearson in 2019.
We also arrange friendly matches over the year, both home or away, providing an informal opportunity to play women from other courses and in away matches, and also to enjoy other Middlesex courses.
Back on home turf, our regular club competitions provide many opportunities for golfers of all standards. Monthly medals and Stablefords are played on Tuesdays and Sundays, giving everyone the opportunity to join. There are regular knockout competitions for all abilities. We also enjoy annual day events such as the Spring Meeting and Captain’s Day.
It’s not all about competing. Many women enjoy playing social golf too, over 18 holes, or just a quick 9 holes. We enjoy weekly roll ups during the week and weekend, both for women only and mixed groups.
After we’ve finished playing golf, there are a wide range of social events for members to enjoy, all are mixed and many are open to members’ guests. Regular late afternoon roll ups are held during the summer followed by a barbecue. These are popular events where members can bring families and/or friends.
Throughout the year there are social evenings with film nights, often showing films of books enjoyed by the monthly Book Club. Also quizzes, themed nights and dinners. The Captains’ Party is held on a summer’s evening and Christmas is preceded by lunches where families are welcomed.
Bridge is arranged both formally and informally. Informal bridge is played on Tuesday after golf and formal bridge is played on Thursday afternoons during winter months. Hampstead Golf Club fields a successful team in the Gerber competition.
- Free golf for juniors – for one week of every summer there will be a series of events where youngsters will be coached; where they will learn; and where parents can come along and also join in.
- HGC is becoming the first club in north west London to create strong links with The Golf Foundation, the renowned UK charity that supports junior golf. This will mean important links to Golf Foundation events, personnel and support for HGC junior projects.
- The Club will launch an annual Drive, Pitch & Putt competition in line with the one for juniors that takes place live on TV at Augusta National in the USA, home of The Masters. Again, this is a first for any golf club in north west London; is split into various age groups; and is another free-to-enter HGC competition. The date for the inaugural event will be announced when Covid-19 restrictions are fully lifted.
- HGC’s talented pros will work closely with all the Club’s juniors as part of the Gateway To Golf programme. One-on-one lessons will be available at junior-friendly times to supplement group coaching projects (details of which will follow when demand and circumstances allow). Detailed feedback from lessons is available through videos and photographs.
- Free use of the Club’s specially-designed chipping area with its state-of-the-art all-weather putting green (Note: HGC Pros have priority in this area).
- Entry into Hampstead GC’s prestigious annual Young Golfers Cup competition to find the junior golfer of the year.
- Automatic entry into the Love-A-Duck Trophy, a new competition to find the most improved junior golfer each year.
- A Junior Golf Welcome Pack – including free golf gifts such as a logo’d HGC cap – for all juniors signing up to the Gateway To Golf programme which also comes with an introductory free coaching session.
- Free junior golf equipment will be available for use in Gateway To Golf coaching sessions such as practice golf clubs, golf balls and tees. Only informal – but safe! – sports clothing is needed to take part.
- An annual Gateway To Golf Certificate to mark the progress of every junior player.
- You must be aged 15 or under
- Your parents must give consent to you joining the HGC Gateway To Golf Junior set-up
- You can be a complete beginner or a player who is already enjoying the game
- Complete the Gateway To Golf Junior Form below & return to the HGC office.
Gateway To Golf Junior One-On-One Lessons
Delivered by HGC’S own PGA Teaching Professionals, these one-to-one lessons deliver the fundamentals of how to play and enjoy golf as well as the etiquette and rules of the game. The lessons are 30 minutes long, but can be extended to 60 minutes.
Juniors must book well in advance. Contact the Pros for details:
Marie Martindale: 07368 852851 & Marie.MartindalePGA@outlook.com
Tony Sheaff: 07480 606222 & firstname.lastname@example.org