The Union exists to further the best interests of golf and to provide opportunities for discussing matters of common interest amongst the 28 Clubs in the Union. Click here to see the Union Rules LDUGC Rules
The Union arranges a series of Leagues during the year, providing opportunities for golfers to compete at scratch, nett (handicap up to 12) and junior level. It also arranges and runs a series of championships and knockout competitions as well as team events for Associate Members of the Union. Lifetime Associate Membership costs £30.
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A message from the President
The new golfing Centenary year of the Leeds & District Union is now underway or and whilst it is easy to dwell on the negatives of the twelve months that was impacted by the Covid Virus., I prefer to look at the positives achieved and the opportunities in front of us.
The January and February Alliances were unfortunately cancelled some time ago following Government advice to help restrict spread of the Virus. However, since the 1st of January we have experienced approximately 250mm of precipitation, including some significant snow falls, which suggests that the meetings may have been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. Throughout this testing period credit must be given to the greenkeeping teams at all our clubs who no doubt will have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to maintain our courses in readiness for the restart of golf in 2021.
With the swift roll out of the vaccination programme we can see the green shoots of normality. However, we still have some way to go and we will be guided by the recommendations of the Government and England Golf.
Our Centennial Year is now underway and whilst the AGM planned for March will not take place in its usual format we are hopeful that the planned golfing events at the end of March and early April will take place. We hope to issue further updates by the end of February.
CENTENARY PRESIDENT INV v CENTENARY MEMBER CLUB INV
We are planning to visit and play every Member Club during the Centenary year. We will take an Executive Team comprising myself and three other Executive Members to every Member Club in the Union. We will be playing two competitive but friendly 4balls against each club, hopefully to include your current Captain. The most successful club will be presented with a prize at the Grand Centenary Annual Dinner in March 2022. The matches will also provide us with the opportunity of presenting each Member Club and player with a Leeds & District Union Centenary memento.
We are hopeful that unlike last year most of our fixtures and gatherings will go ahead as planned. It is our intention that every member taking part in our Centenary Competitions this year will receive a small gift to celebrate our 100 years of providing competitive golf within the Leeds and District Area.
The Union provides competitive golf for Full Members of our Member Clubs who are also Associate Members of the Union. This is not just for our low handicap Elite and Junior golfers but also for our average handicap golfers who perhaps plays golf as much for the social element as for the competitive banter between friends. At the Elite levels of both Senior and Junior categories the Union provides a platform for progression to County levels and equally important lifetime friendships for all golfers.
Please encourage your fellow playing partners to join the Union Associate Members Scheme which involves a small one off lifetime fee and to join in the many opportunities offered by the Union.
None of this would of course be possible without our own Member Clubs who provide us all with the facility to play and to whom the Union is indebted for the loan of your courses, allowing us to host the various competitions throughout the year. Whilst the club provides and maintains the real estate upon which we play without you, the Member, the club no longer exists. It is therefore absolutely essential at this challenging time that we all support our clubs in whatever way possible to ensure their survival through this very difficult period for golf and all business.
STAY SAFE, PLAY SAFE – HOPEFULLY SOON
Geoff Mortimer – Leeds & District Union President