Our juniors will have the opportunity to develop their golfing skills in a safe and friendly environment, regardless of ability. Their participation in golf will help them acquire essential life skills and build confidence, integrity and self-esteem.
We have adopted the European Code of Sports Ethics, which means that golf at Trentham Golf Club is played in a spirit of fair play.
“Much more than playing within the rules, fair play incorporates the concepts of friendship, respect for others and always playing within the right spirit. Fair play is defined as a way of thinking, not just a way of behaving. It incorporates issues concerned with the elimination of cheating, gamesmanship, doping, violence (both physical and verbal), exploitation, unequal opportunities, excessive commercialism and corruption.”
(International Fair Play Committee 2011)
To create a welcoming and safe environment where junior golf can thrive by providing opportunities for youngsters to participate and develop their talent to whatever level they aspire.
To ensure the safety of our junior members by adopting the England Golf Children in Golf Child Protection guidelines.
To nurture and encourage each member’s participation in golf.
To organise regular competitions within the club and with other golf clubs.
To operate a coaching system that monitors and measures each member’s progress.
To link with Staffordshire County Golf as our Juniors progress.
To provide a social and friendly venue for juniors with regular fun days including food and BBQs.
PLAYING THE COURSE & USE OF PRACTICE GROUND
- Juniors up to the age of 16 need approval to play or practise unsupervised golf and enter club competitions by the Junior Organiser or a PGA Professional or Director of Golf and a Parent. If Juniors are not approved they MUST be accompanied at all times by an adult. Trentham Golf Club strongly recommends that no junior members under age of 16 should play alone. We would always encourage playing with a fellow member or parent/guardian be present.
- Parents will have ultimate responsibility for their children
- All juniors must be aware of personal safety whilst playing on the course. All juniors should carry a Mobile phone (on silent) with TGC telephone number pre-programmed (01782 658109). If anything untoward happens (to you or a playing partner) call the Clubhouse or go to the nearest house or golfer.
- All juniors unaccompanied by an adult must let the Pro’s Shop know of their intention to play or practise. Juniors must wait in the clubhouse or patio area to be picked up at a prearranged time by the adult responsible for them.
- The correct tee markers must be used on all holes.
- The appropriate golf wear and shoes must be worn at all times. An umbrella and waterproof trousers should be carried in the bag at all times.Please see Club dress code for further details.
- Keep track of the direction of any golf ball and should it be heading towards another golfer, shout ‘FORE’ loudly in their direction. Should a golf ball enter private property do not retrieve it. If the ball has or may have damaged any surrounding property, report it.
- Be careful of ponds on the 2nd, 6th, 7th, 10th and 11th holes. Do not attempt to retrieve your ball if submerged in the water.
- All juniors have a duty of care to themselves at all times, whether playing casual or competitive golf.Accordingly, if there is a risk of lightning, play must be discontinued and players must proceed in accordance with Rule 6.8, whether or not a klaxon is sounded.
- If weather conditions deteriorate and a decision is taken by the Professional or his Assistant to suspend play, three prolonged notes on the klaxon will be sounded. Players must stop play immediately, marking their ball and return to the clubhouse when conditions allow. If a decision is taken to resume play, there will be two short blasts on the klaxon, repeated.
Access for Social Golf (i.e. non-club competitions):
Course, Practice Ground and Clubhouse on a Saturday:
Apr-Oct after 3pm
Nov-Mar after 2pm
Sundays – play allowed after 11am
However, juniors with CONGU handicaps can play after 11am on Saturdays.
Behaviour on the course should be exemplary. In addition to other players on the course, there are many members who live around the course who are likely to report inappropriate behaviour.
We have excellent practice facilities, including a driving range and indoor nets.
Pace of Play – When out on the course, please be aware of your position in relation to the groups in front and behind.If you lose a clear hole or are continually delaying the group behind, stand aside and invite the group behind to play through.For guidance the following are the recommended target times:-
2 ball – less than 3 hours
3 ball – less than 3 hours 30mins
4 ball – less than 3 hours 45mins
Always keep up with the game in front not stay ahead of the game behind.
If golfers are in an official club competition, they have priority; stand to one side and let them through.
On completion of the round, always shake hands with the other players. Check the scorecards and agree the scores before signing them. Once a card is signed it cannot be altered. On most occasions, an incorrectly marked card that is signed will result in disqualification.
It is advisable to agree to the score after each hole, whilst leaving the green and marking the card.
CARE OF THE COURSE & PRACTICE GROUND
- Always rake bunkers you have been in and leave the rake in the bunker, with the handle out of the bunker.
- Always replace divots and pitch marks on the green – even if you have not caused them.
- Do not risk damage to tee or fairways with excessive practice swings – one swing before playing your shot is sufficient.
- Damage to greens and flagsticks – be careful not to damage the hole or the putting green when attending or removing the flagstick.
- Golf trolleys and bags – keep trolleys and bags off greens – ideally leave trolleys and bags on the way to the next tee so that after putting you can retrieve them without obstructing or delaying players behind you.Avoid taking trolleys between the green and bunkers.
- Please use the litter bins on the course and around the clubhouse and when using the practice ground.
- When using the practice facilities, please keep to the guidelines regarding play from designated areas as displayed on the permanent notice on the practice ground and any temporary restrictions in force at the time.
- Trolleys are not permitted on the tees at any time.
- Tokens are available from the Professional’s Shop for practice balls.
- Juniors must use the ball baskets available by the ball dispenser.
IN THE CLUBHOUSE
- It is expected that juniors are polite and courteous to fellow members, all Club staff, coaches, organisers, parents and visitors
- The Golf Club dress code must be observed. Jeans are not permitted on the golf club premises . Soiled or wet golf wear, golf shoes or trainers must not be worn in the clubhouse. Shirts are to be tucked in at all times. No caps are to be worn in the clubhouse. Shoes (not socks only) must be worn at all times.
- The purchase or consumption of alcohol is not allowed if you are less than eighteen years of age.
- Mobile phones are permitted for use in designated areas only.
- The changing rooms must only be used for that purpose; juniors must not loiter in that area for any other reason.
- Never leave golf equipment unattended, whether at this club or a visiting club. Put clubs into a car boot or keep them within constant sight. Never leave valuables or money in a golf bag. Report any suspicious behaviour around the clubhouse or in the locker room to a member of staff.
Snooker, Squash and Racketball
- Must be accompanied by an adult if under 16 years of age.
PLAYING IN CLUB COMPETITIONS
- All club strokeplay competitions – Tee-off time must be after 11.00am on Saturdays.A maximum of 2 juniors in any group of 3 is permitted.
- Medals and Stablefords – must have a CONGU handicap.
- Major Trophies – CONGU handicap of 18 or less for males.
- Knockouts – Active CONGU handicap of 18 or less for males.
- Must carry a mobile phone (on silent) with Trentham Golf Club’s telephone number pre-programmed into its memory.
- No driving of buggies allowed
- Knowledge of the basic rules of golf and the golf handicap system is essential
Additionally if Junior is under 16
Must be approved to play or practise unsupervised golf by the Junior Organiser or PGA Professional or Director of Golf and a Parent (Approved Juniors).If Juniors are not approved they MUST be accompanied at all times by an adult.
Trentham Golf Club strongly recommends that no junior member under 16 should play alone.
Singles Knockout – Parental/Guardian presence is recommended.
Foursomes Knockout – Must play with an adult as a partner
PLAYING FOR THE TEAM
- If selected to play for the team you will be an ambassador for our club, so please observe and act on the important points below. These rules apply for both home and away venues.
- Be at the clubhouse at the requested time. If there is a problem, contact the person in charge of the event and leave a contact number.
- Ensure parents/carers are aware of all arrangements regarding the event.
- Observe the rules of any venues visited, while playing on the course and in the clubhouse.
- On completion of your round, put your clubs in a safe place until your transport arrives.
- Do not leave the venue you are visiting without permission. Be ready to return when requested to do so and ensure that you have collected all your belongings.
- Please ensure that you inform the event organiser, at the earliest opportunity, if you are unwell or feel unable to play; this will not jeopardise future selection.
- Do not be disappointed if you are not selected to play in consecutive matches; we try to include as many juniors as possible.
- Team shirts are to be worn when representing the Club in matches, which is to create a good image for our club, both at home and at away venues. These will be provided to players by the Club and are to be worn with black trousers. Shirts with the TGC logo are also available to purchase from the Professional’s Shop if you prefer to have your own. When out on the course or in the clubhouse you can wear the shirt at any time you wish. On formal occasions or when requested, boys will be expected to wear a white shirt and tie.Girls are requested to dress smartly (no jeans).
We aim to have a bully-free junior section at Trentham Golf Club. Juniors must report any incidents of physical or verbal bullying to any member of the staff, their parents, or whoever they feel comfortable talking to. The Club has protocols in place to address this.
Coaching and Etiquette
We offer a coaching course for all junior members, which includes etiquette lessons. This will be under the guidance of our Teaching Professional, Ashley Salt. These lessons are free.
Code Of Conduct Form
All juniors and parents must sign and return a Junior Code of Conduct Form, which can be found on our website, under 'Forms' or in the office. The code of conduct has been written to ensure that all juniors know the standards of behaviour expected of them when in the clubhouse, playing golf, attending coaching or whilst representing Trentham Golf Club
We run a 3-tier junior system; scratch to 28 handicap, 29-45 handicap and 45-54 handicap. Competitions are held throughout the season please check the notice board or website for the full Fixture List. Boys with a handicap 28 and below off the yellow or girls 36 and below off the red tees can play in adult competitions.
Outside competitions are the individual player’s responsibility. Disciplinary action may be taken if a junior does not notify the host club if they cancel.
Regular reports and updates are sent to the Staffordshire Union of Golf Clubs (boys) & Staffordshire Ladies Golf Association (girls) in respect of promising junior golfers.Please ensure that you inform the junior organiser if you receive an invitation to attend a county coaching session.
If you are joining us from another club we would ask juniors to nominate Trentham Golf Club as your Home club.
To obtain a CONGU handicap (maximum 28 boys, 36 girls) you must play 54 holes (in combinations of 18 or 9 holes), accompanied by any golfer who holds a CONGU handicap. Boys must play from the yellow tee markers and girls from the red. At the end of the round ensure all three cards are signed then handed in at the Professional’s Shop.
Club handicaps (29-45) can be provided based on submission of 3 cards over 9 holes signed by an adult and (45-54) can be provided based on 3 cards over 5 holes signed by an adult. We will then award a fair handicap.
To conform to England Golf guidelines, a ‘Player Profile Form’ MUST be completed in respect of all juniors. Forms will be taken to any events away from the club for the duration of the trip. Confidentiality is assured and the organiser responsible will keep the forms should parents/carers need to be contacted in an emergency.
Mr Captain, Lady Captain, President and the Junior Captain
Juniors should show courtesy to the captain and lady captain with the appropriate form of address, ‘Mr Captain’, ‘Lady Captain’ and ‘President’ respectively.
If while on the course they catch you up, it is expected that you will offer to let them play through.
The Junior Captain need not be addressed as such but it is most important that you recognise and respect their position and offer your help when asked.
After joining the club and paying the appropriate fees, you will be presented with a swipe card. This will enable you to buy drink at discounted prices. You simply present the card to the bar staff with a sum of money, which will be registered on the card. When purchasing food or drink, present the card and you will be issued with a receipt that will tell you how much is left on the card.
GOLF CLUB SAFEGUARDING AND CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
Trentham Golf Club has been awarded Golfmark status and has considered its responsibilities to the children participating in golf on our premises and within our club very carefully, and has produced the following Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, underpinning procedures to uphold the welfare of our junior members.
Trentham Golf Club affiliates to England Golf, and our professional coaching staff are members of the Professional Golfers’ Association. The Club recognises the policies of these Governing Bodies, as set in out at www.childreningolf.org/aboutus/roles-responsibilities
Trentham Golf Club acknowledges its duty of care to safeguard the welfare of all children (defined as those under 18) involved in golf within the club. All children have a right to protection, and have their particular needs taken into account.
Trentham Golf Club will therefore endeavour to ensure the safety and protection of all children involved with the club through the Child Protection guidelines adopted by the Management Committee of the club. It is the responsibility of all adults within the club to assist the Management Committee in this endeavour.
To provide children with appropriate safety and protection whilst in the care of the club and also help them to enjoy their experience of the sport
To reassure parents that their children will receive the best practicable care possible whilst participating in activities within the club
To provide support to staff and volunteers to make informed and confident responses to specific child protection issues and to fulfil their role effectively
The welfare of children is paramount
- All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, ethnic origin and religious beliefs have the right to protection from abuse
- All suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
- All staff and volunteers working in golf have a responsibility to report concerns to the Club Welfare Officer
- Adults – staff, volunteers, coaches, referees and members will be supported to understand their role and responsibility with regard to the duty of care and protection of children and young people
- Individuals will receive support through education and training to be aware of and understand best practice and how to manage any welfare or child protection issues that may come to light
- Trentham Golf Club will work in partnership with parents to review and implement child protection and welfare procedures Trentham Golf Club’s policy and procedures are based on the above principles and UK and international legislation and government guidance and take the following into consideration:
- The Children Act 1989 and 2004
- The Data Protection Act 1994 & 1998
- The Police Act 1997
- The Human Rights Act 1998
- The Protection of Children Act 1999
- Caring for the young and vulnerable - Home Office Guidance for preventing the abuse of trust 1999
- The Criminal and Court Services Act 2000
- What to do if you are worried a child is being abused 2005
- Working Together to Safeguard Children 2010)
- The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
- Any subsequent legislation relating to child protection would implicitly be incorporated into this document
- The Children Act 1989 and 2004
RESPONSIBILITIES & COMMUNICATION
The Trentham Golf Club Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy will be available to all
members, parents, staff, volunteers and participants
The Policy will be reviewed every three years by the Management Committee, and amended as appropriate. Guidance from golf’s governing bodies will be sought as part of the review process
The Management Committee has responsibility for ensuring that the policy and procedures are implemented, including taking any appropriate disciplinary action necessary
The Club Welfare Officer has responsibility for responding to any allegations, concerns or child protection incidents, passing information to the appropriate National Governing Body Lead Child Protection Officer and informing the appropriate club staff
Parents have a responsibility to work together with the club in implementing procedures and providing their children with the necessary information to safeguard themselves
Mandy Ambert (Junior Organiser)
Tel: 07807 057705
Tel: 01782 658109 (option 1)
Ashley Salt (Club Professional)
Tel: 01782 658109 (option 3)