THE HEYDON GRANGE VENERABLES ETHOS
In common with most other golf clubs, Heydon Grange has a senior section for those members aged 55 and over. At Heydon this section is called the Venerables; a name chosen to represent their age group, but which also gives the group an identity and sense of belonging.
Whilst some Venerables are in their 50s, others are still enjoying the golf and camaraderie in their 80s. It is an essential part of the ethos of the Venerables that it is welcoming and inclusive to all senior golfers who wish to play senior golf irrespective of their golfing skill, pocket or physical ability. Venerables are actively encouraged to continue playing the game as long as they wish; whilst enjoying the company of other golfers on the golf course and at the many organized social events.
Heydon Venerables welcome those golfers new to the game or returning to the game having played it in their youth and procedures are in place to ensure that all members, and particularly new members, are able to find playing partners and get an initial handicap. These procedures avoid the development of cliques and ensured that new members were made to feel at home and part of the Venerables, within a short time.
Over the years a programme of activities has evolved which encompasses every form of the game; including, Strokeplay, Greensome, Foursome, Bogey, Matchplay and fun team events to give members the chance to enjoy whatever form of golf suits him. Within this framework, a programme of matches against other clubs, tours and away days has also been developed.
In order to fund Venerables’ activities, a nominal subscription is paid annually; however, those seniors who do not pay this subscription may participate in Venerables’ events (as indeed may any male club member looking for a game), but are not eligible to play in Trophy or representational competitions, matches or to win any prizes.