TOFFS Captain Basil Smith Photo

Men’s Seniors Section: TOFFs

 

The Men’s Senior Section - called the TOFFs (The Over Fifty Fives) – offers a great golfing experience and a warm welcome to both new and experienced golfers. Handicaps range from 8 to 28 (or more) and whilst we play our hardest and hope to win, we don’t take ourselves too seriously with many a “helpful suggestion” around the course. And it goes without saying that the 19th plays a vital role in keeping us sane with excellent bonhomie and jest throughout the day.

 

Richmond is a brilliant course; not too long but certainly testing with beautiful views of Dales and Moors with hills, trees, water hazards, dog-legs, and sculpted Augusta Masters-like greens that create a really enjoyable and challenging round of golf. The surrounding nature attracts a great deal of wildlife and TOFFs have discovered a number of new species due to the time they spend in the rough.

 

Our thriving Section is based around regular competitions every Tuesday and Thursday morning, as well as organised visits to other clubs including official inter-club Seniors matches and informal social visits to other interesting courses.

 

Richmond Golf Club is senior-friendly with various types of support for seniors such as low-cost buggies available for use all year round. There are excellent facilities at the club, including lockers, a buggy-cupboard, showers, cleaning equipment, a well-stocked bar and a superb in-house restaurant (Chefs Helen and Tracey are brill) serving lunchtime and evening menus at great value. The club also organises regular entertainment events throughout the year for all members, including dinners,quizzes etc.

 

Competitions

 

The most frequent TOFFs competition starts at 8am on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is known as “The Whisky Trail”. It is a Stableford competition in which the winner receives a bottle of Scotch with a bottle of Merlot/Malbec to the runner up. Each season we start with our club handicaps but then your handicap is cut if you have the audacity to win a prize or to beat your handicap. Just to be fair, we will also increase your handicap if you are struggling to match it to give more players a chance to win the competition.

 

TOFFs competition formats are varied and include Stablefords, Texas-Scramble, Golden–ball team events and 4-hole Joker competitions. In addition we hold a match-play tournament throughout the year and in 2017 we will hold the inaugural Richmond TOFFs Ryder Cup. We play monthly Club Medal and Stableford competitions plus a number of other one-off competitions throughout the year including The Founder's Trophy which is a 4BBB stableford competition. And finally we run an Order of Merit through both winter and summer to reward the most consistent golfers…….well at least the guy who turns up the most!

 

To wrap it all up, at the end of the season in late October, we have a TOFFs get together over dinner (with the odd glass of wine) at the Basil Smith Memorial Day where we award various prizes and trophies (which are taken straight back off you).

 

Membership

 

Membership of the TOFFs section is a mere £12 per annum on top of your club subscription with a £2 charge per competition (club comps with pro shop prizes are usually £3) to cover prizes including “Nearest The Pin” and “who got a 2?”

 

COME AND JOIN US!!

 

Contacts 2018

 

For information about becoming a member at Richmond, please contact the club secretary. 

 

Or call or email the “TOFFS” captain:

 

Chris Lamb : 01748 468930

With only 2 matches left in the summer 2018 Order of Merit before the October 23rd play off finals, 3 Divisions are close to final whilst Div 2 has a myriad of possibilities.

TOFFs masterful winning streak continued as they notch up their 4th straight win at Teesside to end the season a satisfactory mid table Won 6, Drawn 3, Lost 6.

TOFFs winners and runners up for competitions played in September 2018.

Captains Adrian "Ade" Maycroft and Brian "Hawkeye" Launder and their teams (The Richmond Musteteers representing Europe and the Bucking Broncos representing the USA) battled it out over 18 holes at Richmond on October 4th. Read on to see who won!