In 2016 we celebrated 125 years of Ladies Golf at West Lancashire. As part of our celebrations we took on the exciting challenge of increasing our lady playing membership to 125. Beginners’ classes for women had been in place since 2008 but we felt that we needed a further initiative to help these ladies on their way to become members of the club. And so, the 125 School was born. Membership of the school is for those who have been on our beginners’ classes or those who have had some lessons in the past and who wish to take their golf further. Members of the school, which lasts for a year, are offered monthly roll ups with members, fortnightly skills sessions with the professionals, the opportunity to play on the course with mentors at quiet times, use of the practice facilities, a 125 club card and all the facilities of the clubhouse.
We have already achieved a significant degree of success and are continuing to move towards our ultimate target. For the first time in 40 years our lady membership has increased; from 88 at the beginning of 2016 to 105 in early 2017.
To access the application form for the 125 School, please click here and return it to The West Lancashire Golf Club.
RULES OF MEMBERSHIP
The 125 School at The West Lancashire Golf Club is intended to provide a stepping-stone to full membership for those ladies who have attended Beginners Classes but are not yet ready to join the Club. It is also open to ladies who have had a similar level of experience of golf. A golf bag, golf shoes and golf clubs are required.
Places in the School are limited to 30. Unless exceptional circumstances apply a lady may be a member of the School for a maximum period of 1 year.
To join the School an application form must be completed and returned to the office. The School Co-ordinator will interview applicants to ensure their eligibility and to explain the Rules of membership.
Any applicant who is accepted for membership will be required to pay the sum of £600.00 to cover the cost of 1 years’ membership of the School. This sum may be paid half yearly. The membership year will run from the date that membership of the School was offered to the applicant. Upon payment of the subscription, a School member will be provided with a Club card.
A School member may apply at any time during the 1 year membership period to join the West Lancashire Golf Club, through standard membership procedures.
School members are encouraged to participate in a Skills Programme the cost of which (£150.00) is included in the subscription.
School members will be invited to take part in monthly “roll-ups” with Club volunteers. Members of the Club will act as mentors and accompany School members out on the course. The Co-ordinator will provide training to such mentors.
School members may use the practice facilities at any time.
Membership of the School proceeds through 3 stages:
Stage1:members of the School may take part in monthly roll-ups with members which will take place on the course but are otherwise not allowed on the course.
Stage 2: members of the School may go on the course with mentors or members.
Stage 3: members of the School may go on the course with other School members without mentors or members. Decisions about moving from one stage to another will be made by the professional after discussion with the School Co-ordinator/s..
Once given permission to go out on the course School members may only play at quiet times. Use of the course must be reasonable and fair and will be monitored. Tee times must be booked with the professional and whilst on the course School members must give priority to Club members and visitors at all times.
The signing-in book must be completed by the School member before going out on the course.
School members must adhere to the Rules of the Club and the Rules and etiquette of golf.
School members are not permitted to bring playing guests to the Club save in the circumstances of Rule 12.
School members are encouraged to attend those social events to which guests may be invited (i.e. not members’ only events). It will be at the discretion of the Lady Captain as to whether an invitation may be extended to School members from time to time to attend the ladies events such as the Summer Party. Informal suppers to which partners may be invited will be arranged from time to time.
If a School member is accepted for membership of the West Lancashire Golf Club part way through the year of membership then she will be entitled to a reimbursement, on a monthly pro-rata basis, of the subscription paid, when joining the School. This excludes the cost of the lessons which are non-refundable. A School member who is accepted as a member of the Club may continue to participate in the Skills programme and come to roll ups.
If at the time of joining the Club, an entrance fee for ladies is payable, the entrance fee for a member of the School will be reduced by £450.00. If an entrance fee is not applicable or is less than £450.00 then no reduction will be applicable.