Having been a member for over 40 years, I can honestly say Saffron Walden is a lovely place to play golf. The views and vistas we have around the course are hard to beat. The course is always presented in beautiful condition and provides a challenge to all golfers with tricky greens and sloping fairways. 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.
But we all know, it’s not all about the golf! There’s nothing better than a post round debrief on the patio with your favourite drink and a bite to eat whilst taking in the stunning views.
For those that are 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 captains choosing the major beneficiaries. This year I have chosen the Uttlesford Food Bank, who help provide food and support to families in need.
We feel that we are very lucky to be in the positions we are and wanted to help people who are less fortunate. Many people and families are experiencing difficult times at the moment, often not of their own making but as a result of the Pandemic. This has been born out when speaking to Uttlesford Foodbank as they say their referrals have double in the last year from approx. 1500 to 3000 referrals a year. They not only supply dry food goods but also other essential household goods and fresh produce with vouchers being given to use at local suppliers for Meat, vegetables, milk, bread etc.
People can’t just turn up at the foodbank, they have to be referred. This is often the Citizens Advice Bureau, Schools Churches etc. If you want to know more about this charity please see me during the year.
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.
Mens Captain 2021-22
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.
Each year the Captains choose a charity. This year my chosen charity is John Huntingdon’s Charity based in Sawston. John Huntingdon’s charity recognises that not everyone living locally benefits directly from the region’s relatively stable economy and they provide a wide range of services to the residents of the village and surrounding areas.
Some examples of this are that to date, the charity has 28 Alms houses and they have helped to house around 60 families in the village itself.
The charity runs a foodbank and in 2020, they provided around 1300 bags of food to families in need and an additional 140 hampers of food before Christmas.
They also provide support and advice services and have seen well over 300 people in the first half of 2021 alone. This can cover anything from advice on benefits, provision of grants for educational support or advice for the rising energy bills that we are all subject to at the moment.
Ladies Captain 2021-22
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 2022
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.