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.




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 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?”




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 months left of the Order of Merit, 32 TOFFs could still theoretically win it!!!!

TOFFs lose at Crook but gain a masterful win over Barnard Castle at home

TOFFs Captain's Away Day was a trip to Penrith in sunny Cumbria where we enjoyed beautiful scenery, a great course, good food and excellent bonhomie!! See the photos.

Back in late October 2017, a large group of us had a good chat about what we felt was/was not working in our section and came up with a list of actions that we'd try/implement.

TOFFs winners and 2nd/3rd places for competitions played in August 2018.

Here is the June 2018 newsletter with the usual array of results and nonsense!

TOFFs 2017/18 Winter Diary and Summer 2018 Diary