At the Players Club we like to take our golf seriously and therefore have plenty of competitions. Each weekend there is a competition and these are divided between Saturdays and Sundays and split between our two courses. In the Summer, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are both Midweek Medal days with each day rotating between the Codrington and Stranahan courses, once a month in the summer the Codrington midweek medal is played over the old championship layout from White Tees. Often we run pro shop stablefords which are informal and played on a Saturday where there is no competition on the either course, these competitions count for handicapping and toward the MASON BOWL which is an eclectic competition running from April 1st to October 1st involving the Saturday pro shop stablefords and the medal Codrington rounds.
We have three teams in the Bristol and District Golf league, its very competitive and everyone involved is very proud of our achievements over the last few years, Our teams are in divisions 1, 2 and 7. We have done well in the Presidents Cup and for the last few years we have made the final of the National Golf Club Challenge, finishing 3rd, 2nd and twice as champions. We also have captains matches and away days and even an annual tour to another country, all our members are welcomed to join in.
The BRAND SILVER QUAICH is our first competition of the year, presented by Gordon Brand Senior the format is Greensomes, you both play your tee shots the decide your best ball and play foursomes from there-on, this takes place in early March. The COMMITTEE CUP is a fundraiser for club funds and is a team event, this year scheduled for March. The PREMIER ACADEMY TROPHY is run over Easter and is a 4 man team event with the best two counting scores each hole on a nett basis you can play any or all of the 4 days. The PALMER-CLEMENTS MEMORIAL is named after two of our popular members Dave Palmer and Steve Clements who sadly passed away in 2010, the County Medal winners and qualifiers also come from this straight medal event. Spring maintenance is often early April and with this in mind we play on the Stranahan course for The GALSWORTHY PLATE an 18 hole stableford and The BLUESOMES TROPHY which is a pairs competition over the Stranahan course. Bluesomes is a format where each player takes two shots before the team decide whose ball is in play and from there you play foursomes, 50% handicap of the low player and 20% of the high player combined.
The Singles knock-out or FOX TROPHY starts in the spring together with the Doubles or SUMMER KNOCKOUT, both played on a match play basis leading to FINALS DAY which is in mid October. The Stranahan course has it’s own knock-out. In most of our competitions Ladies may play and we allow professionals to play in Team Events, medals but can’t win certain honours board events. All midweek medals are deemed Open so a non member or associate can use these competitions to put in cards for handicaps. Associates can’t win single trophy competitions or represent any team for either the Presidents Cup or Bristol and District Leagues. The knockouts and the Club Championship are the only competitions where you need a competitive handicap to win. THE SCRATCH CUP is a knockout competition played without giving strokes where entrants come from the top 16 from the Club Championship play off, with the draw determined by the position finished, ie 1 v 16, 2 v 15 ect.
The SKY SALVER is an event for May with the bogey format, that is handicap match play against the course, if you win the hole its a plus, if you lose its a minus. The JACKSON-NEAVE TROPHY is another team event with a texas scramble format. May monthly medals and the Seve Medal over the Stranahan complete May’s calender.
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP is what June is all about with the LYNWOOD TROPHY (the nett version) played on the Saturday and yielding up some spots into the second round on the Sunday. The best 32 nett and best 32 gross play the second round. CAPTAINS DAY and PRO’S DAY are two summer competitions which are must plays and need no introduction, the pro’s day format is a team of 4 with 1 counting score from the first 5 holes, 2 from holes 6 to 10 but then it gets tough with 3 from 4 needed at holes 11 to 15 before the finale of all scores count for the last three. We also play for THE KINGS DRIVER on the Stranahan course, this old club belonged to King Edward the 8th, Edward loved his golf and was captain of the R & A, he could not use this driver though so gave it away. THE WATERGARDEN TROPHY is another fun evening played close to mid summers day, teams battle out in a Ryder cup style with a 9 hole singles and pairs round over our little watergarden course, its a great bonding evening with a bit of food and banter afterwards. The JC TROPHY is an aggregate pairs competition where both your scores count and we play this using a 4 tee start with a prize giving shortly afterwards.
OPEN WEEK is over 5 days during early August coinciding with the US PGA Championship, the last major of the year. It has several competitions running, plenty of nearest the pin prizes that makes it a fun week and its free to all categories of member or associate and you can bring a guest for the special price of £25. THE STRANAHAN TROPHY is 36 holes and the flagship event, played with 18 holes over each course, primarily its a gross competition but there are plenty of nett prizes. The STIFF SALVER is just 18 holes but is the nearest many will get to playing true championship golf conditions, played in late August from the black tees. At over 7100 yards is fun in a strange way and you don’t get away with easy pin positions either.
The BURTON PUTTER is played for in September and its Richard Burton’s old putter who won the 1939 Open Championship, that’s a serious medal format whilst THE HAWAIIAN is where we dress up and the golf matters less, teams of 4 with a great twist playing three sections of 6 holes using foursome, greensome and better-ball.The SHAIL CUP is a straight 18 hole medal but the cup is the best score of the gross and nett added together, for other purposes it is just a normal medal and The AUTUMN CUP is played for over two weekends a round on each course, each competition is separate but the cup is for the best 36 hole nett score. FINALS DAY and THE LAST VOYAGE end the season but there is the MOLLY GRACE to be thinking of as well all throughout, this is the seasons Order of Merit and a combination of many selected events throughout the year where points are given for the top 15.
The WINTER LEAGUE and TURKEY TROTTS take us up to Christmas and into the new year, the popular winter league is played over several weekends and you post your best two scores over the 5 or 6 weeks and the leading 16 teams take those scores into round 2. The field is further narrowed to 12 for round 3 and the final cut comes down to the last 8 teams with double points in the final shoot-out. The Turkey Trotts are nett stablefords in early November.