North Middlesex represents an excellent choice of club for players searching for competitive golf in all its forms, with league and friendly club fixtures, a host of silverware to battle for each year in the club’s own prestigious and longstanding competitions and much social and light-hearted play on offer.
Whatever your ability, there is the opportunity to represent the Club in team competition. While all members of the men’s section play together in most of the Club’s own events, when playing externally there are various groups to ensure a good match against an opponent of similar ability. The groups, with their qualifying handicaps are:
• Tigers (2.5+) • Foxes (9.5-18.5)
• Sabres (6-10) • Rabbits (19+)
The men field a scratch team in a Middlesex County competition called the Rowse Trophy. Our better players, known as the Tigers, also play in the Middlesex Tigers Golf League comprising inter-club eight-a-side scratch matchplay matches over 18 holes. Clubs are drawn into four groups and the group winners progress to a knockout stage.
The Foxes play in the North London League against our neighbours at Hendon, Hampstead, Highgate, Finchley and Muswell Hill. During the season, matches are normally played on evenings during the week on a home and away basis. Each league game consists of eight players a side playing singles matchplay.
The Sabres also play league fixtures home and away against five neighbouring golf clubs in a league format: Enfield, Finchley, Hendon, Mill Hill and Muswell Hill. Again teams comprise of eight players, but the chosen format of play is fourball. There is also a popular accompanying knockout competition called the Bullivant Bowl.
Then there are the Rabbits, a large and lively group of higher handicappers who take to the course at every opportunity. The Rabbits enjoy numerous friendly matches throughout the season, both home and away.
For those golfers of a certain age, there is the Friars, another group for whose raison d’être is concerned more with having an enjoyable time in each other’s company rather than winning or losing. The Friars are a vibrant seniors section who enjoy around 30 friendlies each year in addition to being able to represent the Club in one of the above groups depending on their golfing prowess.
There is a regular group of senior golfers who meet at 7.30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a Stableford competition. These gatherings are well supported but there is always room for more and anyone looking for a game is welcome to come along.
These roll-ups are an excellent way for new members to introduce themselves and find regular playing partners.
The Ladies are a friendly, competitive and active group of lady golfers of all ages who play regularly in competitions and matches as well as mixed events
The Ladies compete in the Pearson Trophy, a team competition played in a group format over the winter followed by a knockout phase with the eventual winners going on to represent Middlesex against the champions from Hertfordshire, Kent and Surrey.
The ladies also enter teams in prestigious national competitions such as the Mail on Sunday and Daily Mail Foursomes, with qualifiers usually being held to decide who goes forward to represent the club.
There are many more light-hearted events too, such as the traditional ‘Workers v Shirkers’, an annual battle between weekend members and weekday players.
As well as golf, the ladies enjoy the opportunity to meet socially, making good use of the Club’s marvellous clubhouse, with frequent get-togethers on Wednesdays and Sundays, a good way of keeping in touch, particularly through the long winter months when perhaps the weather at times makes playing 18 holes less of a pleasure.
Among the highlights of the year are the end of season celebration dinner and prize-giving, an event that is always well supported, the group enjoys a meal and welcomes the opportunity to applaud those ladies who have excelled over the preceding 12 months.