Following the formation of the Immingham G C in 1975, members who were able to play on a regular basis on weekdays set up the Senior Section in 1984. Such members were normally retired and entry to this select Section was open to members over the age of 50—now viewed as a rather low age for retirement!
Such was the Section’s popularity that the entry age was soon increased to 55 and then 60. After representations from the over 55s the entry age was reduced to 55 and this is presently (2013) the case. Membership numbers are the 80s at the present time.
Members of Immingham GC pay a further fee of £5 to join the Senior Section and although the initial emphasis was for the organisation of events for the benefit of its members, the Senior Section is very conscious of its desire to support local charities and the Club in general.
The Senior Section has its own organising committee consisting of 9 members — Captain, Vice–Captain, Secretary, Treasurer and 5 committee members. Meetings are held monthly.
Competitions, which regularly attract 50-60 entrants, are held on Wednesdays, and if needed can also take part on Mondays. On Wednesdays the Senior Section, as a reflection of its importance to the Club, has recently been given increased priority to use the course and has priority from 8.00am until competition completion. To aid the more rapid completion of competitions members normally use the first, third, sixth and eighth tees for competition starts. Competitions tee-off at 8.30am from March to November, but for the winter months of December, January and February allowance is made for the expected cold weather/ lack of light and the start time is pushed forward to 9.00am .
From late March to early October a total of 19 cup competitions are held - most of which are “Stablefords” but 6 are stroke – play and include the Spring, Summer and Autumn medals and the Seniors’ Championship. Added to these 18 hole competitions are the 18 matches played on a home and away basis against 9 mainly local clubs. During the period from October to March, when often “winter rules” apply, a series of weekly non-cup competitions are held and are selected by the current seniors’ Captain. The emphasis is on team events and pairs competitions and includes interesting and enjoyable variations ranging from Texas Scrambles and Waltzes, to Yellow Balls and Multipliers!!
Hence on every Wednesday throughout the year there is some competition to enjoy.
All the competitions, for which there is a small entry fee of £2, attract separate prizes for the low (18 and below) and high handicaps (19 to 28). Entry to the competitions is from the weekly signing–up sheets, from which the Captain draws up the playing groups so that over the season seniors get a chance to play with all of the other members. The competition results are declared immediately on completion and all the seniors await the results whilst assembled in the clubhouse with their meals and drinks. Even if the golf is not at a winning level there is a weekly name card which provides a last chance of winning something and contributes to the Senior Section funds!
Highlights from the cup competitions include the Charity Day in May, Captain’s Day in June (with free buffet !!), the Seniors Open in August and Invitation Day in September. The traditional joint Ladies and Seniors Charity Day is held in October. As well as helping to supporting local charities, often the Children’s Hospice, the income from these events is also used to support Immingham G C with specific purchases eg ball washers.
The matches played against other senior sections range from the very local such as Grimsby, Laceby and Cleethorpes to those further afield such as Sandilands, Louth and Scunthorpe. All provide a very enjoyable ( and free !) day out which ends with the home club providing lunch (at a modest cost ) prior to the announcement of the match result. For the 2012 season, 18 matches were played and Immingham Seniors won 14 with 2 halved and 2 away games lost. This most creditable result involved in all some 39 players from the Senior Section and reflects the selection for the teams being based on a desire to play rather than a senior’s handicap.
The competition results for the year are announced at the Presentation Night in October, and members are treated to a free buffet as well as a head-scratching but enjoyable quiz provided by the secretary with free drinks to the winning team. The annual competition winners are inscribed on the Seniors Honours Board and this possible because of the funds raised by the Senior Section.
The traditional end to the year is the Four Club Flyer over 9 holes, followed by the Christmas lunch which is heavily subsidised by the Senior Section. The Four Club Flyer is free to enter and it is aimed to provide almost as many bottles of wine as there entrants!!
Overall the Senior Section provides a wide range of enjoyable golfing activities in a most convivial atmosphere and welcomes all golfers aged 55 or above —no matter what your golfing abilities.