Junior Membership at Donnington Valley Golf Club

Juniors Section

Just as important as our other members, so we give you the same playing rights.

Membership

Donnington Valley is a fully integrated golf club. This means that as a full Junior member you have the same playing rights as full members and can play at any time. Unlike some golf clubs you can play at any time of the day including weekends. You can find news and information about what is going on in the Junior Section on the notice board near the changing rooms in the clubhouse.

If you have friends who are interested in playing golf then please encourage them to consider joining Donnington Valley. It’s not expensive to join and the more Juniors we have the more, enjoyable, interesting and competitive your golf will be. Why not pick up a Junior Membership pack for them from the golf club office.

Handicaps

Junior handicaps are managed by the Club’s Competition Committee. Juniors are encouraged to get their handicap and reduce it as quickly as possible. Juniors can have an initial handicap of up to 45 so you do not need to be a fully competent player from the outset. To get your handicap you need to submit 3 cards for a full round, marked by another member who already has a handicap. If you have difficulty finding someone to mark cards for your handicap, or would just like someone different to mark one of them, then there are many members who would be more than willing to play with you to help you get your handicap. If you do need help with getting cards marked please contact a member of the committee.

Competitions

You can enter all club competitions unless they have specific playing requirements. For example; there are some competitions that are specifically for Ladies only. Junior girls would be able to take part in these, but not Junior boys. There are also a number of competitions usually over the school holiday periods specifically run for all Juniors.

Coaching

Donnington Valley Golf Club has set aside an amount of money to be spent on Junior coaching. The coaching is usually arranged in small groups with one of Donnington Valley’s excellent Professional Team.

We hope to run the first coaching sessions in the Easter Holidays. Watch the notice board for further details.

Junior Team

Donnington Valley have run a successful Junior team in the Hants and Berks league for many years winning the league on a number of occasions. Our Juniors last won the league in 2008 and went on to represent the league hoping to secure a place in the national finals and ultimately represent England at La Manga in Spain.

The team consists of 6 players and 2 playing reserves. The team is chosen on merit and availability. The option to take playing reserves gives us the opportunity to allow the younger and newer players to gain experience of competitive matchplay golf and hopefully go on to become regular members of the team.

After each match the team has refreshments with their opposition and this is a great way to build camaraderie and enhance your social skills. If you are asked to play in Junior matches you will be required to pay a small match fee to help cover the cost of refreshments.

Points are awarded to each Junior when they play in matches. The number of points received depends on the result of your match. The top scoring Junior from each team throughout the season receives an award from the league.

Junior matches are usually played on Sunday afternoons.

Sponsorship

The Junior section is always looking for additional funds and sponsorship to help with the cost of coaching etc. If you can help, have ideas for fund raising, or know a company who may be willing to provide some additional sponsorship please contact Barry Banning, the Junior Organiser.

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