Get into golf – and make a meal of it

PUBLISHED: 11:04 10 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:04 10 January 2018

Society golfers.

Society golfers.


An option to play more golf cheaply without the commitment is being offered by joining a society.

Many people thinking of joining a golf club are put off by the cost and commitment. But there is a cheaper, more flexible way to enjoy the game, every week if you wish, explains Ian Pemble – and you get fed before and after as well.

Sadly, some people still think of golf as being posh and expensive, but that’s definitely no longer the case, certainly not in North Somerset. And if you join a golf society there is no money upfront, you are guaranteed a warm welcome and you get the chance to play, and pay for, as much or as little golf as you want.

Here’s how it works. By booking in advance for at least a dozen players on the day, a society can get favourable deals even with some of the more exclusive venues. In return the club get a deposit, the rest of the cash (typically £600) on the day and another £150 or more spent over the bar.

As an example, one of the societies I play with managed to get us all 18 holes, the share of a ride-on buggy and a meal for £45 a head at a club that usually charges at least £50 just to play 18 holes.

Some people join just one society and turn up once or twice a year. Others get together most weeks. The societies organise their year so they all play different weeks and rarely repeat courses.

All the societies are keen to attract new members and because the organisers work closely together, if you join one you will automatically get invited to go along to other events.

The societies include the Imperial Golf Society, the Pinseekers, based around The Sawyers Arms in Nailsea. WRAGS. Originally the Royal Arsenal Golf Society, it acquired the W (for Western) when several members were posted to the MoD at Abbey Wood, Bristol, and finally the Failand Inn Golf Society.

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