The Men’s Captain for 2023, Roger Badger, warmly welcomes all members, guests and visitors to Saffron Walden Golf Club.
Saffron Walden is a lovely place to play golf. The course is always presented in a beautiful condition and provides a challenge to all golfers. It is notable for its tricky greens, which are particularly fast in the summer months.
The picturesque setting of our course is something of which we are rightly proud and we invite you to come and experience it for yourselves. The views and vistas we have around the course are hard to beat. Take a moment to admire the view from the 5th tee, overlooking Audley End House and its grounds.
But there’s more than just the golf! One of the great pleasures of playing at Saffron Walden is a post‑round debrief on the patio, overlooking the 18th green. Have a bite to eat with your favourite drink whilst taking in the views. The sunsets can be stunning.
For the competitively minded, we run competitions every week for all members. We have a successful Scratch team and, for handicap golfers, we enter teams into a variety of competitions arranged by Cambridge Area Golf. We also have a regular programme of friendly matches with other clubs in the region.
I would encourage members to play in some of the matches and competitions as it’s a good way to get to know people and great fun.
The Walden Charity Committee supports a number of local charities with the club captains choosing the major beneficiaries. This year we have chosen the King Edward VI Almshouses, which are located a short distance away from the golf club.
The almshouses were founded back in 1400 to offer housing to the residents of the ‘Old Borough of Saffron Walden’ who are ‘of good character’ but whose financial situation makes it impossible for them to find affordable housing. They currently have 43 dwellings in both Abbey Lane and Prime’s Close, as well as four flats in Freshwell Street.
Historically, the residents have been elderly and retired. However, now the residents are a mixture of ages, with some being younger and in employment. They may be single people, couples and sometimes even families. Increasingly the accommodation is provided as a stepping stone to the next stage of their life. With the current situation in the country, there is likely to be an increasing call on the almshouses, so their services will be needed more than ever.
If you are visiting the club, I wish you a warm welcome and hope you enjoy your time with us.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
Men’s Captain 2023
The Ladies Section at Saffron Walden is large, thriving, and above all, friendly. Over 160 playing members of a wide range of golfing ability, regularly take part in competitions on Tuesdays or Saturdays, as well as enjoying social golf throughout the week.
We enter teams into the Cambs and Hunts County Jean Wilkinson and Grace Norman competitions, as well as taking part in the Ping, Mail on Sunday and other National competitions. We also have a regular programme of friendly matches with 16 other clubs open to all, as well as matches for our veterans.
Ladies interested in mixed golf will find a number of internal mixed competitions throughout the year, as well as friendly matches with other clubs.
The golf is complemented by an active social programme, including regular bridge days and lunches.
The Ladies section actively welcomes new members, both playing and social, and organises special days to help them integrate into the section.
Ladies Captain 2022-23
We have a large active Section which is available to all Male Members aged 55 and over.
Playing with the Seniors gives members an opportunity to meet and play with a greater number of members in the club, particularly applicable for members who have just joined the club.
We strongly encourage Members to participate in any number of events through the year, whether it is in a Roll-up on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or one of the 20 - 30 Competitions or Inter Club Matches.
We play Home and Away Matches against Senior Teams from 13 very good Clubs and courses. The matches are usually followed by lunch.
Two other events in the year which are well supported are Millennium Week which is individual competitions over three days culminating in the appointment of Millennium Champion. The other event is “The Norfolk Tour” which is four days of golf on selected Courses through East Anglia.
We hope you will consider playing in some of these events as we aim to make everyone feel at home within the Senior Section.
I or one of our Committee members will always be on hand to ensure a warm welcome to the club and of course to answer any questions you may have.
I look forward to meeting you on the tee.
Seniors Captain 2023
We hold a number of competitions throughout the year, for those new to the game all the way up to those representing the Club as part of our Junior Squad. A number of regional competitions are entered annually, including the Friendly League, St Ives Cup and Plate competition.
Outside of the competitions, a monthly Roll Up is held throughout the season to encourage members to come down and meet others within the section. Our active Junior Committee will ensure you meet people quickly, find plenty of occasions to play on the course and, most importantly, enjoy yourself.