If you're thinking about joining a golf club, here's a few reasons why Chilwell Manor could be the right one for you.
1. A Club owned and run by its members
Playing members are joint owners of the Club. Any profits go back into the Club and this results in great value for money without compromising service levels or playing opportunities. Club Officials, invariably, have a longstanding love for the Club and work diligently in the interests of the members - it's still a Club run by its members for its members and we're proud of that.
The majority of members have the opportunity to vote at the AGM and influence future policy and direction. Enquiries to the club are dealt with quickly by our friendly and efficient Office staff, Alison and Tracy - Alison is also the Club Welfare Officer.
2. The Course
Talk to anyone about playing Chilwell Manor and the conversation quickly turns to the quality of the greens. They are of USGA specification and have some intriguing borrows which make putting a challenge members love ... well most of the time!
Stimp rated at about 9.5 to 10, the roll is true and fair - thankfully putts don't often run beyond the hole and off the green! Our 9th green is a particular challenge as it is based on a similar one found at North Berwick GC - a Redan Green which slopes away from front to back.
The well manicured fairways are sometimes tight and largely flat. Golfers do have to plot their way around the course. Playing Chilwell is not exhausting and can be supplemented with trolley or buggy-hire.
3. Playing Golf
New members needn't concern themselves with getting a game. We run a Buddy system and our attentive Pros will look forward to introducing you to fellow golfers who will all welcome you into their groups. We pride ourself on our inclusiveness - clusters of golfers play at 8am, 9am and 10am on three days of the week.
Lady members have competitions on Tuesday's and some alternate Sundays. Organised 'social' golf, such as the 10 hole Wednesday Bash, is a feature of the club.
Saturday competitions can be booked on-line as is the case with some midweek competitions. Inter-club golf, often played in leagues, include teams for Scratch, Mixed, Ladies, Mens and Seniors. Ladies also have Silver and Bronze league matches plus friendly matches.
Opportunities to play and widen friendships are copious regardless of your golfing ability.
4. The Social Side
As well as enjoying a drink with friends after a game, the Club hosts a wide variety of social activities supported by its energetic Social Committee. Monthly Quiz nights attract close to 100 members and guests. There are also Race nights, Bingo nights, occasional Fashion shows and Guest Speaker nights.
And that's just a few examples of a busy social calendar - each with the opportunity to enjoy tasty food. Functions occur regularly and everyone is very welcome ... both members and guests.
5. The Catering Service
The 'Hospitality' section of the website highlights the features of Club Catering. Nick and the team are proud to offer the highest quality food and drink; whether it's on a day-to-day basis, Sunday carvery, or private function.
The attentiveness experienced will be second to none, as will be the choice of food and value for money. Value for money also extends to a substantial discount off beverages (excluding tea and coffee) when using the members' Gold Card.
6. Using and hiring the facilities
The main lounge, small lounge and games room are all available for members use. A private party in mind? Members can hire the Main Lounge for a nominal charge and even have a late license.The Club also provides a tranquil atmosphere and superb outlook for End of Life Celebrations.
7. We were founded in 1906
So why is that beneficial to members of the Club? As well as giving us over 110 years experience of golf club management, we became a founder member of the 1906 Club. This is an affiliation of clubs founded in the same year (over 40 of them) who offer courtesy golf to other member clubs.
Look on our 1906 page and you'll see our members have access to some superb courses the length and breadth of the British Isles - even one abroad. We also have reciprocal golf arrangements with other golf clubs.
8. Practice Facilities
Our collaboration with Nottinghamshire County Council has enabled us to create a fabulous practice ground. Two canopies provide shelter when aiming at the measured, raised, target pins. There is a bespoke area for pitching and an extended bunker - giving the keen golfer every opportunity to improve their game.
Our dedicated Club Pros support game improvement by offering a range of coaching opportunities to suit all needs.
9. We are a Golf Roots Centre
Both England Golf and the Golf Foundation have accredited us with this status because of the standards we meet, and the coaching we provide, at Junior and School level. We have extensive equipment, facilities and staff who are all trained in Safeguarding young people whilst coaching them.
If you have children, or grandchildren, there is no better place for them to be introduced to, and progress in, the game of golf than Chilwell Manor. Our Junior membership fee includes 3 individual lessons with a club Pro and all affiliation fees for the County.
10. The Pro Shop
The shop itself has an extensive range of clothing and equipment - all at very competitive prices. More than that though, our Pro Shop is 'home' to our two very experienced professionals who have superb customer service skills. Whether you want to discuss tee times, your game, rules, etiquette, equipment or repairs, Paul and Greg will always make time for you.
And, don't forget, if you are a new member talk to them about playing opportunities and the Golf Buddy system.