Club Captain Steve Burling
Hi my name is Steve, I am pleased to be Captain for 2018/2019.
I have been a member for approximately 6 years.
The members and I would like to offer you a warm welcome to our club. We are extremely proud of the way our Club is maintained and presented to our members and guests alike.
The course provides a good test of your golfing abilities, with its undulating hills and greens, a challenge of golf throughout the year for all players of all standards. We have a varied program of events ranging from Medals to Stableford to fun competitions like Texas scrambles. We organise away days and exchange days throughout the year giving a wide variety of friendly events. Each section has a lively set of golfers keen to play and enjoy themselves. For the more serious players we have a number of representative teams who compete in many of the leagues throughout South Lincolnshire. We encourage members to join in and represent the Club at all levels.
In addition we have a family run hotel headed up by our new owner Tom Munt. With friendly staff, excellent food and service, it has all the ingredients to make your visit an enjoyable one. Over the course of the year I hope that members and visitors alike will support the club.
Our chosen Charity this year will be Macmillan Nurses. There will be several fund raising events held throughout the year to raise money for this very worth cause.
I take this opportunity to wish everyone an enjoyable golfing year. To our team members I wish them every success in all their matches and I look forward to meeting you all at some point during the year either on the course or at one of our social events.
Club Captain 2019
Seniors Captain Duncan Cameron
As the 2018 /19 Seniors’ Captain, I'm delighted to give you a flavour of our membership and our extensive range of activities.
Aged 55 and over, we have more than 100 very active and welcoming Senior members and so it is always easy to get a game of golf on our beautiful undulating course.
We meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings throughout the year and play a variety of challenging and entertaining competitions including Medals, Stableford Eclectics, Texas Scrambles, Yellow Perils and an “Away Day” to name but a few. In addition, there are Summer and Winter Singles and Pairs Competitions. We are also considering a Seniors Golf Tour this year. Two of the highlights for me will be the Seniors Open which attracts visitors from clubs near and far and, of course, Captain’s Day. Details of all competitions, events and tee-times are always posted on the Seniors’ Section noticeboards in the locker room. If there is no competition, we have a roll-up. You simply have to turn up at the appropriate time on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to be guaranteed a game. The draw for the roll-up takes place at 7.45am in the summer and 8.00am in the winter. After the golf, we gather in the hotel bar for tea and coffee, general banter and reflection on the day’s play!
Throughout the season, matches are played regularly against other clubs in the area and the golf is complemented with good company and excellent hospitality either away or in our Country House Hotel. We currently play 24 home and away matches between March and October. Some matches have a Ryder Cup format which adds to the excitement of the occasion.
Socially we are an active group and you are most welcome to join us in events such as our annual Barn Dance and Race Night.
Our chosen Club Charity this year is Macmillan Cancer Support and we look forward to raising funds for such a worthy cause.
We are always keen to welcome new members of all abilities to our section and further details can be obtained in the Club Pro-Shop, from any Seniors’ committee member and on the Club website.
I wish all of our members good health and their most successful year of golf yet!
Seniors Captain 2019
Lady Captain Sandie Streets
I am delighted to be the Lady Captain at Toft Golf Club for the year 2018/19. I have played golf all my life and been a member of many clubs both in the UK and overseas. I joined this club nearly 5 years ago and received a warm welcome from all the ladies. Toft is a challenging course set in the lovely Lincolnshire countryside and because we are a small ladies section we manage to integrate all our members.
Our competition days are Tuesdays and Thursdays and for any lady who is working we also have both social and competitive golf at the week-end thus allowing everyone to join in. Our competitions, most of which are drawn, are made up of major trophies, medals, stablefords, fun competitions and 9 hole qualifiers for our less able members. We have many ladies and mixed friendly matches both home and away with other clubs in the area and over the winter months Mixed Texas Scrambles which are a lot of fun. Details of competitions and events, with sign-up sheets, draw sheets and team sheets are displayed in the Ladies Locker Room as well as on the members web site. For those who take their golf more seriously our ladies team play in the Lincolnshire League Division 1 South and have this year retained the Lincolnshire League Championship by beating Elton Furze B, winners of League Division 1 North in a nail-biting final. We are also very proud of the fact that a Toft Ladies team reached the quarter finals of the National Annodata Competition, missing out on a trip to Spain by losing to the Links Golf Club Newmarket.
Our Spring Social in April, where we have a golf competition during the day and entertainment in the evening is a great way to meet up with all Lady members. During the summer we have our Invitation Day, Lady Captain's Day and Mixed Open. We also enter many National Competitions such as the Coronation Foursomes, Daily Mail Foursomes, Australian Spoons and Ping Competition.
This year our clubs' charity is Macmillan Nurses and we hope to raise a tremendous amount of money for a very worthy cause.
We welcome new members of all ages and abilities, whether new to golf or experienced, to our lovely course and friendly ladies section. I am more than happy to play a round with any lady thinking of joining and explain what we have to offer.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the Toft Ladies a happy, healthy and successful golfing year.
Lady Captain 2019
The Junior Section at Toft
As with all other successful golf clubs, Toft is enjoying a healthy junior section once again. A change in membership structure and an introduction of junior tees to the front nine means that Toft and golf appeals to the younger children in the area.
Last year Toft introduced the academy membership, a membership scheme that allows children to pay for as many holes as they want to play. Thus meaning an eight year old can come up and play just three holes for example. As they then grow in age, size, stamina and into the game, they can move up to a full membership.
As the section develops, along with entering a team in the South Lincs Junior League, more competitions and trophies will be added to the fixture list. Hopefully friendly matches against other golf clubs will also be organised. A full list of junior fixtures and members' coaching can be found in the club diary and following this link.
Coaching is an important part of the development of the juniors within our section. Monthly sessions are available for all the juniors and academy members separately, offering them the opportunity to develop their golfing skills and meet other juniors. Weekly golf lessons for children wanting to get into golf started early in 2015. Using the SNAG and Golf Learning System, a fully structured development programme now leads a child from being a complete beginner to becoming a very confident and competent young member here at Toft. SNAG Golf is the best first touch equipment around and gives any child the perfect skills ready to complete the eight band Golf Learning System. The GLS is different to other programmes in that playing on the course is paramount to the child passing their grades and moving up through the band levels. Most junior coaching around the country is carried out solely on the driving range with no recognition of playing on the course. The front nine at Toft, now has five junior tees on each hole - black, orange, yellow, purple and green before the red yellow and white tees complete the eight levels. As the junior returns a certain score or under, they then can move to the next tee colour and thus longer distance holes. For more information on the Golf Learning System and all the other coaching opportunities please go to www.lincsjuniorgolfacademy.co.uk